Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Christmas!




We had a fantastic Christmas this year. It was great to have so much family here! Blake and Jared have grown so much! I hadn't seen them in a year and a half. Santa was good and brought some nice stuff, I got tickets to a Jazz game for the 6th of January, they are fantastic seats and I can't wait. After we were done drooling over my Jazz tickets we all went to Miracle Hot Springs and went hot tubbing! nothing like family hot tubbing on Christmas day. The water was hot hot hot and we all had a great time. I think family hot tubbing is something everyone should do on Christmas.

Home sweet home




I came home for Christmas, and it is fantastic! The trip over was a little rough, it involved some lost bags and an extra night in Chicago, but it turned out ok. Luckily Maris came with me, so missed flights and lost bags did not seem so bad. We also met a Belarusian who didn't speak English and we were able to translate a little for her. We were very glad to get to Twin Falls. Since being home it has been fantastic We went snowmobiling a few days before Christmas, the snow wasn't the best, but since I haven't been in a year it was great to get out and ride around a little bit. We even wore retro 1970's snowmobile suits to celebrate the first snowmobiling trip of the year.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas in Tartu




Tartu is always a beautiful city, but you will never find a prettier place than Tartu Estonia during the Christmas season. At night when it is lit up it is incredible! I only have pictures of the center during the day, I will have to take some more at night. It shouldn't be that hard because it gets dark before 4. They always bring in a huge Christmas tree and put it in the middle of the town square, this year we got an extra surprise they brought in a full size Christmas barge!!! What says Christmas more than an old wooden barge? The only down side of being home for Christmas is knowing that when I get back all the Christmas decorations and lights will be taken down :(

Beautiful Tartu







Here are some good pictures of Tartu. There was a baptism a few weeks ago that took place on the 13th story of a building, it had a fantastic view! There has been a lot of construction over the past 5 years, especially in the center of the city. Right now there is some snow on the ground, but overall it has been a very mild and nice winter.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Juridicum


This is the law building, the tall pink one. I had a human rights in Russia class here last year. This is also the view I have from my apartment! It is a great view, I live on the 3rd floor and I love it!

Euro College




This is the Euro College building, it is where the Baltic Studies, European Studies and my program (European/Russian studies) are held. Most of my classes were here in 2005 when I participated in the Prometheus program. It is right off of the town square and you can see it from almost any picture of the town square, it is off and to the right of the main town hall.

Language Center




I thought I would show you guys some pictures of where I go to school. The first blog is of the language center, it is a very old building, it is where all the language classes take place. I have my Estonian and Russian classes there. Last semester I had Russian, and in 2005 I had Russian as well. The picture of the classroom is where I have Estonian this semester and was the same room in 2005 for Russian. Some of the classrooms have a sink in them, I think it was for washing the chalk board. They don't have erasers in Estonia they use a damp sponge. Now most of the classes have dry erase boards, but the ones that don't still use a sponge.