Estonian Independence Day

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Today we had to woke up very very early for the official ceremony for the independence of our little country. It was on a 24 February 1991 that Estonian get back their nationality.

Erasmus students walking to the café

Erasmus students walking to the café

Motivated Erasmus

Out before 7am by -30°C

As most of the exchange students we were invited by our tutors to come for the beginning of the celebration. We had to left the Academic Hostel at 6:30. Firstly the time was super early, but second temperature was almost -30°C! I will remember for ever girls with frozen hairs near to their mouth 😀 During our walk we all were shaking, it was really hard. The coldest temperature I have ever improved.

The celebration

We all took the trolley bus from Akademia Tee to Vabadusse Valjak, the freedom square. No heating system in trolley bus, totally useless. The official celebration was in the Parliament courtyard (Riigikogu) in front of the famous Alexander Nevski Cathedral, both are on the hill, the upper Tallinn’s district named Toompea. The place is not really big but a lot of people were present. We attended to a singing show, national anthem and some traditional song.

Riigikogu courtyard during meeting for Independence

Riigikogu courtyard during meeting for Independence

The after celebration

After some hours we have been invited to drink a hot drink in a café near the Viru Gate. I don’t need to say that we all were happy to be in a local where temperature was over 0°C… The moment was used for talking and making contact between students from different universities and dormitories. We are here since 3 weeks and don’t know everybody yet.

Raekoja plats totally empty

Raekoja plats totally empty

Morning walking in cold town

Before going to the Hostel I wanted to shoot some photo of Tallinn with this special light I see rising this morning. It helps me to immortalized Tallinn with a great atmosphere!

Guillaume Speurt

Guillaume Speurt

French settled in Estonia, I have spent my last years in the Baltic States. I love photography and travelling in Eastern and Central Europe, I write this blog to relate my experiences.
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