Saturday, 27 August 2016

Otium reficit vires

Suvi-suvi-suvi. Kõigepealt mainin etteruttavalt ära, et postitus pole pooltki nii pikk kui paistab. Tegelikkuses otsustasin lisada ingliskeelsed kokkuvõtted lõppu, et ka need lugejad aru saaksid, kes eesti keelt ei valda. Mõtte sain sellest, kuidas nii mõnigi inimene mainis, et Google Tõlkega ei ole just kõige mugavam neid postitusi lugeda.
Ausaltöeldes on tegelikult ikka väga hea kodus olla, kuigi enamik ajast ei veetnud ma kodulinnas Tartus. Suve esimesel poolel tegutsesin Tallinnas, Riigikantseleis, kus olin praktikal. See hakkas peaaegu kohe, mil Araabiast tagasi koju jõudsin. Sellest hoolimata veetsin iga nädalavahetuse Tartus. Jõudsin suvega palju ära teha, kuigi võrreldes paari viimase suvega, oli tempo rahulik. Lisaks praktikakohale tegin ka tööd, tegelesin autokooliga ning pärast poolteist aastat, sai see ka lõpuks lõpetatud (juheii!), lugesin (avastasin, kui palju on neid raamatuid, mida olin talvel ja kevadel Abu Dhabist koju toonud, ning ka neid, mida varem ajapuuduse tõttu polnud jõudnud käsile võtta), tegin trenni ja nautisin suve.
Juulikuus võtsime emaga ette reisi Kreetale. 7-päevane reis pidi tulema tavapärane puhkusereis. Kõik, kes vähegi minuga kokkupuutunud on teavad, et mina juba lihtsakäeliselt reisipakkumisest ära ei ütle. Elasime suhteliselt tillukeses 2000 elanikuga külas. Enamik päevadel nautisime rannamõnusid ja päikest ning selle aja jooksul suutsin raamatu läbi lugeda ja juhilubade eksamiteks valmistuda. Ühel päeval tuuritasime ka saarel ringi ning käisime Spinalongal ning Agios Nikolausis. Spinalonga on saar, kuhu viidi pidalitõbised, sest arvati, et haigus on kokkupuutel nakkav. Lõpuks, kui leiti ravim, siis inimesed päästeti sellelt saarelt. Lõunale viidi meid paadiga 'helesinise laguuni' juurde, kus saime einestada, ujuda ja päikest võtta. Edasi liikusime Agios Nikolausi, mis on imearmas sadamalinn. Seal on palju armsaid butiike, kitsad tänavad, mere- ja järveäärne ala on palistatud kohvikutega ning lihtsalt üks väga mõnus koht. Kindlasti teeb turistide vähesus (Heraklionist on see koht 2.5 h bussisõidu kaugusel) selle palju meeldivamaks. Oma külakeses võlus eelkõige just vanalinna osa, mida turistidele nii väga ei tutvustatagi, kuid erinevalt peatänavast ja ülejäänud külast, on seal elu rahulik ning tavernas einestades käib täustaks mõnus kohalik muusika. Just nagu filmis!
Suve teise poole veetsin samuti Tallinnas, peamiselt Eesti NATO Ühingus, mille käigus tekkis mul võimalus käia augusti lõpus Leedus laagris. Minu suvi möödus nii umbes 90% ulatuses kohvri otsas, Abu Dhabi aitab kindlasti senise elutempo madalamaks kruttimisega.
Uus kooliaasta on põnevust täis! Esiteks oleme me Giuliaga kolledžiemadeks neljale toredale beebitüdrukule. Teiseks loodan teha vahetussemestri Euroopas ning seetõttu alustan ka uue keele õpingutega. Loodan, et vahetussemestril saan arendada oma saksa või prantsuse keelt. Kolmandaks, mis on osaliselt seotud ka mu teise alapunktiga, on minu prantsuse keele õpingud, millega alustan sel kevadel ning ka politoloogia kursus Venemaa ja Ida-Euroopa kohta. Põnev! Neljandaks suureneb meie eestlaste kogukond lausa viie õpilaseni, kui ma õigesti mäletan. Tõenäoliselt oleme üks üleesindatumaid, kui mitte kõige üleesindatum, riike NYUs. Kuna esimene aasta möödus kui Ameerika mägedel, siis lõpuks tuleb mu ema mulle sügisvaheajal külla. Ning  kui vahetussemestri plaan jääb jõusse tulevad vanavanemad mulle sinna (, kuhuiganes kool mu saadab) külla. Seega ei tule see aasta teps mitte kehvem kui eelmine, tegevust jagub.


There has been demand for including English translations to my blog posts. I have decided (and still determined) to run the blog in Estonian, however, I will make things easier for people with no Estonian background. So, this is my very first post including English translation and it also marks the start of my sophomore year!
I have truly enjoyed every minute at home, however, most of the time I had to spend in Tallinn. The first part of the summer I was completing my internship in the Government Office of Estonia in European Union Secretariat. I had only a few days after my flight from Abu Dhabi to settle in Tallinn and start my internship. Despite interning in Tallinn I made time to come to Tartu every weekend due to friends and family. The summer has been unexpectedly tranquil, at least comparing with the few last ones, when I rarely even had days off. Simultaneously with my internship I also promised myself to finally (after 1.5 years) get my driving license. Otherwise, the summer was pretty perfect since I was able to read all those books I didn't have time for during my studies in Abu Dhabi, exercise regularly, do normal Estonian activities that seem odd to foreigners (picking berries and mushrooms etc), travel to summer capital Pärnu and simply enjoy those few days of good Estonian summer weather.
A day after my internship had finished in Tallinn I and my mom embarked on a plane. We had booked a holiday to Crete, Greece. People, who know me well, know that if someone offers me a trip the chances that I would decline are really low. A week-long trip was in a small village of 2,000 people in northeastern Crete. We stayed there for 5 days out of six, simply because there was enough to explore and we wanted just to enjoy warm weather (and I also wanted to get through some books that will come handy next semester). That one day we did not use for beaches and waves, we decided to go to Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaus. The former was an island where people with Leprosy were relocated because people at that time were sure that the disease was infectious. Now the island is in ruins, but it was interesting to see how people had to survive on a volcanic island with no drinking water (eventually they started using rainwater for drinking). After that, we had time for swimming in a place that locals call "blue lagoon" and the scenery was picturesque. Lastly, we went to Agios Nikolaus, the city that instantly won my heart. The city is surrounded by the sea and it also hosts a small lake that is riddled with tiny cafes. The city had narrow streets and lovely small boutiques. The city would be perfect to rent an apartment for 3-4 week holiday and just roam around Eastern Crete. As for our village, Malia, I also have warm feelings. Although the main street is nothing that special (every dining place literally offers the same food for the same price), the Old Town is worth visiting. There is no noise from cars, they have small family-owned tavernas and the buildings and atmosphere make you feel that your life is a movie.
I finished off my summer also in Tallinn. I interned at Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association and later I was offered a chance to go to Lithuania to participate in an international (survival) camp. I spent 90% of the summer living nowhere and everywhere because of the course of plans. One last day for packing and then I was done, ready for depart on a plane.
This academic year will be exciting since I and Giulia signed up to be 'College Parents'. This mean that we are 'moms' to four amazing baby girls. Secondly, I hope that I will have a chance to spend my semester abroad in Europe. I would be able to ameliorate either my French or German. Thirdly, I am actually looking forward to classes since I will kick off with my French studies and I have signed up for a political science class about Russia (this one of my area of interest). Lastly, there will be an increase in Estonians in NYUAD. This year there should be 5 Estonians if I am correct. As a country, we are definitely overrepresented. Since my first year resembled more to American roller coaster than to typical college student life, I did not have any family members visiting me. This year I am glad to host my mom and her companion in the United Arab Emirates and hopefully my grandparents will visit me in Europe when I am doing my semester abroad. There is a lot to look forward to!
My flight takes off soon. See you in four months, Estonia! But for now, I cannot be happier to arrive in Abu Dhabi!





















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