Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The winter of death


Winter here in Estonia is beautiful, everything is white and wonderful. It hasn't been cold so it has been a great winter so far. I see lots of cars getting stuck and I always think, boy public transport is so underrated! I thought I would highlight one aspect of the Estonian winter that you might find interesting. It's deadly! Several people have died already, one got lost in a snow storm and died, a few elderly people died as well. This is nothing too out of the ordinary, what is really crazy is the threat of falling icicles! Last year a girl was put in a coma. Each building is responsible for removing icicles and snow so they don't fall on people. This year one of the guys removing the snow from a roof of a building fell off and was seriously hurt. It seems if it is one of those darned if you do, darned if you don't situations. Anyway so far we are safe and hopefully it stays that way!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snow!



There has been a huge snow storm in Estonia the last few days, yes in addition to the several weeks of snow earlier. This time most of the snow was in Tartu, last time most of it was in Tallinn. This is a record year for the amount of snow fall in December in most places. In the recent snow storm some places got 12 inches of snow in one day! It is pretty crazy out there, I'm glad I don't have a car. Maris is going to Tartu today, the roads should be cleared by the time she leaves. Good thing she got boots last Christmas, she will need them in Tartu!! Life in Estonia is never boring. The picture of the bus stop is from Tallinn the car picture is from Tartu.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas!







It is December and we are both getting excited for Christmas. We put up our Christmas decorations, and outside is a wonderful winter wonderland. I haven't been to old town yet, but I'm sure it is beautiful there too. They usually have a Christmas market and a huge Christmas tree put up in the town square. Did you know that the first Christmas tree was in either Estonia or Latvia? They both argue that they were the first.
Merry Christmas!
PS the beautiful snowflake in the picture was made by Maris.