Apple tasting and the strawberry town!

On 31.8 our orientation week program was a trip to the Polli Horticultural Research Centre of EMÜ and a guided tour in the city of Viljandi. In Polli we got to taste all kinds of different apple varieties (including a couple of Finnish ones) and learn about the research they do in the apple gardens, berry collections and “helping entrepreneurs with research and product development” (don’t know how many times those very words were uttered during the few hours we spent there…)

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After the apples were all gone we left for Viljandi. It was such a cute town with quite a rich history. Some of the green areas looked like they were part of a museum; flowers at every corner, old trees, small fountains, old buildings with newly painted walls… it was beautiful.

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The city symbol – strawberries! There was an artist who made a painting with people eating strawberries and the strawberry ended up being the symbol of Viljandi 🙂

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The bridge leading to the old castle ruins. It was restored in 1995 and is now, according to our guide, “quite safe” 😉

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One of my classmates posing with Mr(s). Frog We saw this beauty at the ruins and, being vetmed students we had to give it some love 😛

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Another shot of Mr(s). Frog – so cute!

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The view… stunning! The lake is 4,7km long, and there’s a song about the Viljandi boatman 🙂

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The castle ruins… more like a tenth of them to be honest! The castle was built on three “hills” and this was on the top one

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Sorry for the bad quality of the two last pictures…. Facebook downloads… don’t know what happened there…

School starts tomorrow – I can’t wait!!

//jz