A one-day getaway

This past Sunday our “tutor group” (6 people who will take on the challenge of helping next year’s new students get to know each other, the school, the city, themselves, and everything even remotely connected to life in Tartu) went away for a day.

We took a walk (roughly 3km?) in Taevaskoda. The roadย to the place wasn’t as easy as one might think, we took a turn via a similar “hiking” place a few minutes further away. Luckily Google works even in Estonia and we found the correct path in the woods ๐Ÿ™‚

(just as a word of warning, there will be a currently undefined number of relatively big pictures in this post, so it will be long – prepare to scroll and scroll some more ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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Our group ๐Ÿ™‚ the “tutor tutors” Silja and Anna-Mari aren’t pictured, but Silja’s dogs made it. Those two nutters will stay with me and Juulia for a week (starting tomorrow)

Eetu, the bigger dog, lost his frisbee in the first puddle of water he saw. He ran to drink/swim, dropped his frisbee and watched it sink to the bottom.

Here the frisbee was still with us, probably in someone’s hand, but only seconds after this picture was taken the poor thing had disappeared into the depths of the lake ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

our desperate attempts to recover the lost frisbee

I would like to point out that the purpose of this getaway was to bring the tutor group closer together; I think we can all agree it was a success! I mean, just look at the above picture!!

Despite losing his beloved frisbee, Eetu found ways to be happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is where we took a break (you know how students are, always on the lookout for feeding opportunities). The entire side of the mountain/hill/rock-thing was covered with inscriptions.

not sure how well they show up on the screen, but the inscriptions/carvingsย mightย be seen. Some were quite pretty, others…. not so much ๐Ÿ˜›

We had brought along some sausages and stuff, with the intention of heating them…

it worked out just great ๐Ÿ˜› the darn thing just wouldn’t heat up! In the end we got smoke-heated sausages… and a bleeding finger… (note the very questioning looks Allu is getting from both us and the dogs)

After eating we lost a tennis ball to this plot of water… “Just great! We’ve lost a frisbee, we didn’t manage to heat the food, and now we’ve lost a tennis ball!” Oh well ๐Ÿ˜›

As we continued our walk we came across some pretty cute little bits of nature:

The seat of Metsavana (something like “forest elder”). According to a sign you might catch a glimpse of him if you’re quiet and still enough ๐Ÿ™‚

carvings in the sandy rock

There were huge amounts ofย A. hepaticaย (tried my best to find a “normal” English name for it…. kidneywort? pennywort? anyway, the flower pictured before the actual post)

“native to woodland in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.”
“Medieval herbalists believed it could be used to treat liver diseases, and is still used in alternative medicine today. Other modern applications by herbalists include treatments for pimples, bronchitis and gout.”
– Wikipedia

Before heading back we stopped by the lake where the frisbee was lost. Somehow we managed to fish it up from the muddy bottom! However, Eetu had found a new friend for himself….

We still saved his frisbee, and he will most probably be going crazy for it when he’s over here…. I can’t wait…. luckily we’ve already agreed that Juulia will be the one walking/dealing with Eetu, and I’ll take care of Aida ๐Ÿ™‚

Our day continued with some games and food (this time it was warm!) at Mooste mรตis. We had a chance to go to savusauna (literally “smoke sauna”), but me, Emmi and Sonja chose not to. Instead we were listening to music and eating chips/crisps while the others enjoyed the sauna. For obvious reasons I won’t share any sauna-pictures, just saying….

We reached home at half past eleven in the night, and boy did I sleep well! What they say about “you sleep better after being outside in the fresh air” is definitely true!
The day was really nice; walking in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of friends and dogs – it simply can’t go wrong!
A very big thankyou to Silja and Anna-Mari for arranging this and dealing with six loud and crazy tutors to-be ๐Ÿ˜‰

//jz

I take no credit for the pictures: all credits to Sonja and Silja who were running around with cameras all day ๐Ÿ™‚

Will You Become a Crazy Cat Lady?

“Des Hommes et Des Chatons (Men and Cats) is a single-topic blog that pairs similar photos of attractive men with pictures of adorable cats. The brilliant match-ups feature a variety of heartthrobs (including celebrities like Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender) posing seductively alongside shots of cuddly felines striking a pose that makes the viewer question which subject they’re more interested in looking at.”

Men or cats? Which do you prefer based on these photos? In other words, will you end up as a crazy cat lady or not? ๐Ÿ˜‰

//jz