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A Year in Estonia: Autumn. Sügis. Herbst.

 Scroll weiter für die deutsche Version ;-) Keri alla, et lugeda eesti keeles! ENG The city is full of people again. Nobody remembers the last time the city was this crowded. I had thought that it would be terrible when the people come back, but like every proper Tartu citizen, I love it. Tartu is once more how it is supposed to be. What was going on? Summer is over. Now that more than 70% of Estonians are vaccinated against Covid-19 (in our institute even more than 90%), the universities are opening their doors again. I have been working in the summer, too, constantly learning, and I had a presentation about my research at an international conference for the first time. I am also prepared for winter: I have dried herbs for teas, stacked firewood in the shed, picked berries, made jam, and froze bag after bag of blueberries, and marinated mushrooms. Fall is coming. The first of September is the first day of school for everybody. The school kids are wearing their finest clothes and

Ein Jahr in Estland: Sommer

 Roadtrip mit Hugo Das erste, was ich je über diese Region gehört habe, war: „Das einzig Positive an Ida-Virumaa ist HIV“. Ida-Virumaa liegt am nordöstlichsten in Estland und die größte Stadt der Region, Narva, ist offiziell der östlichste Punkt der EU. Eine hoch eingezäunte und gut bewachte Brücke führt über den Fluss Narva nach Russland. Narva ist nach Tallinn und Tartu die drittgrößte Stadt des Landes, und als ich zum ersten Mal in dieses Eck Estlands kam, war das auch der einzige Ort, den ich besuchte – was gab es denn sonst zu sehen in Ida-Virumaa? Wie sich herausstellte: Eine ganze Menge. Ida-Virumaa ist mit dem Ölschieferabbau die Energiequelle des Landes – 76% des Stroms stammt daraus, und 4% des BIP (zumindest sagt Wikipedia das). Der Schieferabbau erlebte seine Hochzeit während der Sowjetischen Besetzung in den 1980ern. Die seltsamen Hügel der Minen prägen die Landschaft, wenn man sich zwischen Rakvere und Narva bewegt. Die Natur ist an vielen Stellen dieser Ruinen Herr

A Year in Estonia: Summer

Roadtrip with Hugo The first thing I ever heard about the region was this: „The only thing that’s positive in Ida-Virumaa is HIV“. Ida-Virumaa is the county of Estonia that stretches farthest to the East and the town of Narva is officially the easternmost point of the EU; a highly surveilled bridge over the river Narva connecting us to Russia. As Narva is also the third biggest city in Estonia (after Tallinn and Tartu), when I first travelled around the country, this was the only place I visited in Ida-Virumaa. Because, what else is there to see? Turns out: A LOT. Ida-Virumaa is also the main region for oil shale mining, which still makes up around 4% of Estonia’s GDP and produces 76% of our electricity, at least according to Wikipedia. The production is also highly linked to the Soviet times, as the mining peaked in the 1980s. So the mines with their strange-looking hills are what you see, for example, when you take a train from Tallinn to Narva, or drive around the region on

A Year in Estonia - Spring

How the lamb’s childhood sets the path for its future „Breeding sheep must be your passion if you do that“, says Ants. He must know, he has been in the business for almost twenty years. „The first years it cost us more than it brought in. And still a large portion of our income is from the state supplements that we get as organic farmers.“ After years of learning and trial, this breeder eventually chose the Dorper breed. They have good mothering qualities, do not require much birthing aid and, for a breeder of meat sheep very importantly, they have mostly fur instead of wool. This means that they don’t need to be sheared, as they lose their winter coat by themselves – a lot less work. So I learn that the breed has a huge impact on the financial stability of the sheep breeder. A sheep sold for slaughtering will bring in approximately 80€, as they are usually slaughtered when they reach 40kg and over the last couple of years, the price was at around 2€ per kg of live weight. Sellin