If Estonia Was a She

Have you ever heared them say ‘go big or go home’? Well this time I decided to go home.  And for those living abroad, going home can be a pretty BIG thing as well. No matter how fast or easily I acclimatise to other countries in the world, I get a sweet but anxious feeling when I…

Lisbon: the City that Makes You Dream

Long time no hear! The Lifecorrespondent is finally back on the plane and willing to share the thoughts of her latest expedition to Lisbon. This time I decided to go for full surprise. No travel books, pre-travel language learning, not even ideas of where to go. I gave myself the freedom to get lost. And oh, I did….

Keep Calm and Protest

Leaning towards a birch tree, The Life Correspondent takes the most of the sunny moments in Scotland. Another country under my feet and different kind of landscape at the sight, this time I’m out for the nature. Spontaneously given a chance to join the action of Young Friends of the Earth Europe (YFoEE), I’ve travelled…

Terror in Istanbul Can’t Be Real

[ENG] It’s been less than a month since I left Istanbul, the city that these days is probably considered as one of the most dangerous civilized places to be. I was hich-hiking in my safe home country Estonia with my best friend when a male voice from the radio announced about the horror. We exchanged…

One Day of Hunger

[ENG] Temperature in Turkey has reached out of my preferred limit. I melt faster than dondurma (engl. ice cream) in greedy hands. It’s just about the time to start packing. Before departure there’re still some must dos left so I squeeze my last days for ultimate culture exploration. Hence, there couldn’t be a better place…

Adventurer’s Pilgrimage

[ENG/EST] It’s one of those rare May days when you can feel raindrops gently landing on your out-streched palm. Perfect time to spend in a bus; 15 hours away, Cappadocia nature park is waiting for the Life Correspondent to come exploring. The desicion to go was made only hours before departure. While secretly dreaming about…

The A,B,C’s of Islam

[ENG/EST] Religion designs a lifestyle. It has an impact on values, behavior, food preferences, daily routine. Being the second-largest religion in the world, Islam influences a lot of people’s way of living. To understand Moslems better, it’s advisable to know about their beliefs. To gain knowledge, I visited department of religion in the University of…

Before they say: ‘I do!’

[ENG/EST] Stereotypically, kids, especially girls, are said to be rehearsing for their wedding from an early age. Unaware of the future companion of life, they can feel the taste of the six-layered cake in their mouth and smell the flowers, decorating the wedding hall. Even I remember fighting with my sister for a role in…

In Refugees’ footsteps

[ENG/EST] The Life Correspondent spent a day on Kos- a Greek island that became famous through European migrant crisis. On that island people that had escaped from their unsafe homeland, mostly Syria, Afganistan and Iraq, made a stop before entering Europe. However, with an agreement between Turkey and European Union  there are non of them left….

Noticed on the Streets

[ENG/EST] After the stereotype challenge from previous post I started to pay more attention to street view. To avoid sending wrong signals and make someone feel uncomfortable, I hid myself behind sunglasses and gave a closer look at people’s clothing and general mood. People often assume that in islamic countries the majority of women is…

Prejudice

[ENG/EST] An early-morning Sun, hills covered with tiny white houses and the sound of sensual Turkish music…this memory picture needs no Photoshop. Already now in April the midday heat makes me seek shelter from the Sun. The Life Correspondent has arrived to Bodrum, a city on the cost of the Aegean sea. Here, in ancient…

Self-Taught Correspondent in Turkey

[ENG/EST] I imagine myself to be a historian, a geographer, Home Secretary and a businessman. It’s my way to warm up before setting off to an unknown country. Basically, it means a little research about the place that might help prevent misunderstandings. Unless you’ re the type that really do their best to piss someone…