19 July 2017

What are in these envelopes...?

Thoughtfully written letters of course, but there is a lot more that cannot be seen or shown in photos 🖂
best wishes,
warm greetings,
support and virtual hugs,
shared moments, emotions and ideas 🌸
This time sent out to: Germany, Finland, Austria, USA, Hungary

22 June 2017

Visiting Viljandi

At the beginning of May I visited Viljandi with my friends and stayed there for the weekend.

Viljandi is a small city in Southern part of Estonia.
Here you can see the ruins of a castle, where all kind of events take place.

21 June 2017

Lentil soup - recipe!

This is one of the easiest soup you can think of. 😉
You will need: carrots, lentils, (garlic), onion, salt and pepper or seasoning, depending on your preferences. This time I added Chinese cabbage besides all other ingredients - you can also add anything else you can find from your fridge - vegetables, mushrooms or something else.
How to preapre it?
Grate carrots, cut cabbage into smaller pieces, add onions and garlic, fry them for few minutes (I like it when the onion is fried, not raw :P).
At the same time boil water, then add the mixture and let it boil for 10 minutes. Add cup of lentils and boil for another 10 minutes or how long your lentils need to be boiled, I believe they might be different.
And then it is done! Cut some green onion for topping and enjoy your meal 🍲

3 June 2017

How to start penpalling?

If you are new to snail mail world and would like to know, which are the best ways to look for a person to exchange letters with or even if you already have penpals and you are experienced in this, you might find some useful tips here ✉
  • First of all, before starting your search, think about some things: Why do you want a penpal? and Do you have enough time for a new hobby? Also, check your country´s mail service prices to have an overview of how much it costs to send letters and packages to different places. I am guiding your attention to these things, because I have had different experiences with snail mailers. Sometimes it seems as if people are not really interested in getting to know new people, cultures and so on, but are maybe just bored at the time they take new penpals and write them only a letter or two.*Of course there are all kind of situations in life and starting new letter writing friendship doesn´t mean you need to do it for the rest of the life, but it is just good to think before act, right? Taking a penpal and then never replying to that person´s letter, because you don´t have time is a bit irresponsible. Just keep in mind that taking a penpal means that you just a little take your time, dedicate yourself to it and if you really are so busy now in your life, then maybe you should wait a little, when you have a bit more free time. Or maybe not. I don´t know, people are so different. I can just say I like to take time to write letters, not do it between all my other commitments knowing that I have only an hour to write. No, I need more calm environment most of the time. If all "background" search is done and you still feel like searching for pen pals, then it´s just lovely and lets get to other points ☺
  • There are so many websites for finding penpal, just google "snail mail", "looking for penpals" or some other phrase like that and you´ll find all kind of places. I haven´t been looking for new penfriends for a while, but when I did, I used interpals. I have realised that Instagram is also very good way of finding new penpals, by using tags #lookingforpenpals #snailmail #penfriends etc. you find accounts that may be interested in new writing pals. There are also accounts that upload pictures and descriptions of people, who are looking for penpals, so you can contact them. 

20 April 2017

Estonian proverbs

Good morning 🌞
Today´s post is dedicated to Estonian language and one interesting part of it - proverbs. These are something that are usually a bit difficult to understand at first, because they can´t be directly translated. Just like figures of speeches like metaphors and other tropes. Another aspect that might make truly understanding them difficult is the cultural factor, everyone might not realise and see these things as native speakers do. I thought it would be interesting to try to explain you some of our proverbs. I will do my best to make them as clear as possible :)
  • Hommik on õhtust targem - Morning is smarter than evening. I believe this is quite easily understandable - don´t make hasty decisions in the evening, in the morning you will see things probably differently and more clearly. 
  • Hirmul on suured silmad - Fear has big eyes. When you are scared or afraid of something, it seems more terrible and scarier than it actually is. Also, you might see something where it actually isn´t. Like, when you are being paranoid and you start imagining all kind of things. 
  • Jänes šampust ei joo - A rabbit doesn´t drink champagne. Rabbit is here thought as a person, who is too shy or afraid to do something. It means that if a person doesn´t try or work for her dreams; doesn´t try to catch her goals, then she won´t achieve, what she wants, therefore she won´t be able to enjoy the "prize"; the goal, achievement.
  • Kingitud hobuse suhu ei vaadata - Don´t look in the mouth of a given horse. If someone gives you something, it is polite to accept it and not refuse it, even if you don´t actually like it. It would be very inappropriate to criticise the gift as that what it is - a present someone has given you; it´s a gift- accept it, smile, and say "thank you",
  • Lootus sureb viimasena - Hope dies last. Until there is hope, it is possible that things will figure out and everything will be alright. Even if there is nothing else left, there is still hope that situation will change.

  • Nagu hane selga vesi - Like water on goose´s back. You may try to explain something to someone, but if they are certain about their opinion, it is impossible to change their mind. Therefore, anything you say won´t make a difference and it´s like water on goose´s back - water or your thoughts in this case won´t get through to that person´s mind, because she is so stubborn and doesn´t let anything change her opinion. 
  • Sõprus on väärt rohkem kui raha - Friendship is worth more than money. I believe this one doesn´t need further explanation and is clearly understandable to everyone. I also believe you agree with that, don´t you?
  • And for the last, very well known vanasõna, in English and in Estonian (and probably in other languages as well)  - Rääkimine hõbe vaikimine kuld - Taking is silver, silent is gold.
Are there some similar proverbs in your language as well? You are very welcome to share some from your mother tongue as well!