Monday, June 27, 2011

A visit from the Crandalls

We weren't the only Crandall family in Tallinn this last weekend. Uncle Evan, Aunt Susan, and their kids Hannah and Lilly were on a Baltic Cruise and were in Tallinn on Saturday. They even brought us Reeses from the US! Thank you!! We love Reeses peanut butter cups!

Hannah played a beautiful Chopan song on this piano, it is in the Estonian museum of history. They said that normally they don't let people play on it but they made an exception for us! It was worth it.

We spent a lot of time in Old Town and got to see a lot of sights. We went up into the tower of the town hall which I had never done before, it was a lot of stairs but it was worth it.

This is a nice view of the newer buildings in down town, Tallinn is a beautiful city.

Below is a clip of Hannah playing the piano, I was surprised at how well she plays! I wish I would have recorded a longer clip but I was afraid my memory card would fill up.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jaani Päev!

June 23rd is the longest day of the year in Estonia and it is a huge holiday. Jaani Päev which in English is St. John's day or summer's solstice. Estonians usually build a huge bon fire and have barbeques in the country side. We went to Tõrva for the week and had a great time. Kadi and Tommaso came from London to visit. Ele and Elise came to visit from Tartu, so everyone was there. We ate a lot of meat and had a great time. I like this picture of all of the siblings. This picture was at taken at Karjatnurme. Maris' mom lives there and it is really beautiful there.

In Tõrva we found this Alabama Western Grill, usually Alabama isn't considered a Western Cowboy state but I don't think Estonian's know the difference.
We were able to spend some time with cute kids this week! (Maris more so than me)
Here is a Vaiksoo picture, the Vaiksoo girls with their dad.
This is our meat pile, we had a really nice Jaani Päeva dinner, we didn't eat all of it because it was way too much, but it was really good. We can't barbeque at our place in Tallinn so it was nice to get the chance in Tõrva
We got to go to the castle ruins in Helme which is right next to Tõrva. There were tons of people there! Who knew Helme was a tourist hot spot? All in all it was a great Jaani Päev and a great week with family.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

8th CEEISA convention

The reason I went to Turkey was to attend the Central and Eastern European International Studies Association's 8th convention. I presented a paper on Moldova's sovereignty. I was also the panel chair, it was a great experience. There were about 200 people attending the conference from all over the world.

The conference was held at the Kadir Has University, it is a private university and it is really beautiful. All the buildings are new or remodeled. They had a nice atrium inside. I'm glad I got a chance to go!