Somehow we find ourselves seated at Lennart Meri Airport in Tallinn, awaiting a flight to Frankfurt, the first leg of our journey home.
We’ve been rather busy these last three weeks. First we partied American BBQ style in Tartu with our friends and family, celebrating our year and our imminent nuptials. Once we’d drunk all the Fest (Estonian sparkling wine) and beer away, we packed up our life in Tartu and drove it to Tallinn. A day later we left for a week’s tour of Barcelona and the Costa Brava. Upon touchdown, we turned around almost immediately and set off on a road trip to Estonia’s west coast and Hiiumaa, one of its large islands off the western coast, with my dad. We made it back to Tallinn with time to spare and were so happy to be able to attend the cello concert honoring and celebrating my relative Laine’s 90th Jubilee. Have you ever heard a concert of just cellos? It’s marvelous.
The days here in Estonia have grown longer than any we witness in the U.S. — the sun sets after 11pm and rises not too long after that, the night’s darkest moment is only a rather unconvincing duskiness. In fact, one of the most joyous celebrations in Estonia centers around Jannipäev, which happens on the longest days of the year, one week away. Sadly it feels as if the beauty of Estonian summers–full of grilling, foraged food, and lots of time outside–are just beginning as we leave. We’ve found that living with days this long is energizing; you feel a sense of immense possibility.
After all our moving about of late, we’re both understandably a bit overwhelmed. We’re certainly feeling happy to be heading home, but at the same time sad to be leaving. As the taxi weaved its way to the airport this afternoon (toting our 250 pounds of luggage), Elin looked out over the Tallinn skyline and began to plot our next trip back. All in all, we’re both so thankful for this year, this chance to be in Estonia. It was an important year and we count ourselves lucky for this opportunity to “pause” from our lives in the States and garner some perspective.
We want to thank you all for checking the blog this year. It was a lot of fun for us to write and share with you our experiences and we hope we were able to provide an insight into our lives all the way over here in Eesti.
Now, onward and upward!