Monday, November 21, 2016

A walk through Konstanz

Before the Christmas markets kick off everywhere this week, I'd better share the last fall pictures that have been waiting around for a few weeks already. Even though this fall has been way colder than in the past couple years, the colors have totally made up for it. For a few weeks, I kept dragging Matt on walks through town and the surroundings of our house, even though we could barely hold a conversation, as I just kept repeating "wow so pretty" the whole time. Konstanz is amazing like that. Just a 5 minute walk from the extremely busy "front yard" of ours that is Zähringerplatz, I could actually sneak an almost-ready grape in my mouth straight from a vineyard on a hill.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall thoughts on lessons from Summer

Last night, after some serious struggles and thanks to my Mom who, for some reason, doesn't hang up on Skype calls that start off with "I kinda need your credit card info, please", I finally got my Photoshop/Lightroom subscription sorted out again after months. That led me to long forgotten photos from a little hiking trip we went on with some friends to check out the Lichtenstein castle that I kept seeing on Instagram all the time. Somehow, I hadn't still found a way to go there, most likely because it's kind of in the middle of nowhere (even though, for an Estonian, this does not exist in Germany) and takes forever to reach by train.

The hiking trail to and around the castle was pretty nice, but I have to admit, the castle itself was kind of a disappointment after seeing all those filtered fairy tale photos of it. It's way smaller than I had thought and not as jaw-dropping as, for example, Neuschwanstein or Hohenzollern, in real life. But for a person like me, who likes checking out anything I haven't seen before and walking in nature, it was still a fun day and place to visit. Even though I'm not really the homesick type, forests and nature is something I've realized I really miss about Estonia. Empty beaches and hiking trails in Southern Germany are as hard to find as mountains are in Estonia... so, I suppose, it's a fair deal, everything has a way of evening out.

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Fall arrived out of nowhere and I've found myself working hard and getting used to the new rhytm of life again. This past summer taught me a lot about the value of trusting my own gut feeling, taking risks and getting up again after every fall. I also got reminded of the obvious, like the fact that the least you should do is try. And then try something else. I started doing new things and met a bunch of interesting people on the way and never have I realized so clearly, how much there is to learn from every single human being. I'm not an open person enough, to share every detail of this journey, but these are some memories, values and lessons I want to keep with me for a long time.

And, since my dad would have turned 56 today, I will remember him by summing up this whole experience with something he always said: there's a very simple solution to every complicated problem somewhere.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

All around Konstanz by bike

Long time no see around here. Having finally recieved my BA diploma, Matt and I spent the Midsummer's eve week on Saaremaa and then packed my 7 things to leave for Konstanz for good... or at least for now. We'll see what kind of adventures and surprises are in store for me.

But for now, what (I think) I do best regarding this blog: photos! The Emme was visiting us for a week and since this wasn't her first time here anymore, it was a lot more about chilling and enjoying the weather, which finally decided to play along, or in other words, turn my Mom red all over, haha. Ice cream for lunch and dinner, endless bike trips, sunshine, Konstanzer Weinfest and visiting the local book stores every single day. To those who don't know my Mom well enough: I was not kidding with the last one!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Viru bog in Lahemaa National Park

Estonia's two most instagrammed nature destinations are probably Meenikunno and Viru swamps - one in the south, one up north. The first day of May was when we finally made it to the second one in Lahemaa National Park. If I thought Meenikunno was rather crowded for a hiking trail, Viru raba on the first warm and sunny sunday of the season, was three times worse. That kind of killed the silent swamp-mood, but I'd still recommend the place if you're looking for something along the north coast. But Meenikunno with its sunset hut remains my all time favorite hiking spot in Estonia. You can see/read about it from my previous posts here and here! In any case, swamps and cross-country skiing tracks remain the top places of you're looking for friendly Estonians!

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