The one about how we celebrated Estonian independence this year…

This year is the 100 year jubilee of Estonian independence, and today just so happens to be the actual party day – “Head iseseisvuspäeva!”

I got out of bed at around 9:45, walked into the kitchen where I was greeted by a waterfall flowing down from our ceiling (through the lamp to be more precise).

After a couple of phone calls and knocking on doors we finally got the “sort of head of the apartment complex” to keep more water from emerging, but the waterfall was (and is) still present, but has now calmed down to a drip-drop-drip-drop.

This couldn’t have happened at a worse time; no firm that could otherwise have come to dry up the mess is open, our landlord is bedridden…
Actually, the only time worse than today would be during summer, because God knows what might have happened had we not been home (this happened once before we lived here; the ceiling had come down during summer and no one had noticed, the floor had to be redone, it was an all-around mess!)

Despite this today has turned out to be a pretty okay independence day (much thanks to the lovely horses at Ado (especially my dear Adorette) and a pretty successful riding lesson). Now it’s back to the books and studying, but not for long 😉

//ja

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The one about a very special potato

For those who don’t care – it’s just another Wednesday!

For those who should perhaps remember, but let it slip their mind – it’s Valentine’s Day!

For me it’s just another day that I feel incredibly blessed to be able to share with my very own potato (aka le boyfriend) – Jason ♡
Now, for those who don’t know this potato happens to be located all the way in Norwich, England, and I’m currently situated in Tartu, Estonia. For those who are struggling with geography right now, let me spell it out for you; we are not in the same city, not even the same country (which kind of sucks sometimes).

In the world we live in today Valentine’s Day has become a celebration for couples, and a somewhat sad/lonely day for single people. The other end of the spectrum has emerged on social media; the “strong, independent singles” who take Valentine’s Day as a day to show the rest of the world how great it is to be single.

In the world I lived in as a child (nursery-primary school age) Valentine’s Day was a day when we would make or give cards to friends and family. In fact, we referred to it as “alla hjärtans dag”, which translates to “the day of all hearts”, or “vändag” from the FInnish word “ystävänpäivä” which translates to “friendship’s day”. I wish we could go back to that childhood definition. It simply seems a lot more inclusive, and I think it would help make the day less mopey for the singles who choose to take the mopey path.

Anyhow, back to the idea I started off with; Potato!
This is our first Valentine’s Day together, and the hopeless romantic in me feels like just that – a hopeless romantic.
I got to send a card (really cute picture on the outside, filled with my wonky handwriting on the inside) and a little gift to the person I’ve come to love more than life itself (cheesy, but true!). A man whom I hope to share my life with for a very long time. A man who loves me. A man worth the wait ♡

A year ago I was one of the mopey singles who tried to pretend to be “strong and independent” by buying her own chocolate, but in reality I was only buying the chocolate so I could watch a romantic film and munch away my emotions.
This year, however, I’m buying chocolate so I can munch away at it while on the phone with my Potato ♡ (just to make him jealous 😉 )

A lot can change in one year, and with regards to my feelings surrounding this day the change has certainly been a positive one 🙂 ❤

Happy Valentine’s Day / Glad alla hjärtans dag / Glad vändag / Hyvää ystävänpäivää ! (choose whichever one you prefer 🙂 )

//jz

The one about my first week back

FINALLY IT’S OVER!

The first week back at uni is over  (yes, we have most Fridays off – thank God for that!) and I couldn’t be happier.

I always have a hard time with new things energy-wise (I get super tired), and although I’m used to attending lectures, practicals and so on, I still get exhausted whenever I return to the “uni routine”.

This week has been no exception. After Monday’s 3-hour practical at the university farm I was absolutely knackered! After 3 hours! Geez…

I’m really excited for the surgery course (or well, the first part of it 😛 ), as well as the “clinical and laboratory diagnostics of small animals”, which I’m hoping will be similar to the courses we had for production animals and horses. These courses (I imagine) will be very helpful for the practical training and working at the clinic this summer. Fingers crossed!!

Now I’m going to return to my pre-weekend celebration (read: watching Forensic Files), and tomorrow there will be hamburgers!! Hopefully the weekend won’t quite fly by…

//jz