10 Habits I Have Developed in Estonia
First six months in Estonia is full. It seems I have developed some new habits during my stay:
- Drinking keefir which is soured milk or piimä in finnish. For some reason I never drank that in Finland. I always considered it old peoples drink. But it is good. It is really good!
- Smoking sisha. Waterpipes are really popular in Estonia. You can order one to smoke by yourself or share with friends in several cafes and pubs. Apparently they became popular because many people travel to Egypt and Turkey during their holidays. My favourite taste is apple and liquorice.
- Drinking vodka and eating sour cucumbers together. For some reason this combination eliminates all possibility of having a hangover.
- Tipping waitresses and bartenders. In Finland everything is so shitty expensive you only tip for exceptionally good service. In Estonia everything is relatively cheaper and service is usually always good.
- Eating sourcrout. It might smell weird but it is good. Really! You should try it.
- Driving with foglights on even during the days. In Finland you get fined for that. Cars somehow looks better with foglights on. Go figure.
- Parking next to expensive cars. They don’t hit you with their doors. Apparently that does not help though. Got my first dent to drivers door this morning. THANK YOU FOR SCRATCHING MY CAR!
- Swimming several kilometres per week. After all it is quite lonely job to be the only foreigner in a company. Lots of nothing to do equals lots of sports.
- Jogging. I basically hate running but Pirita beach gives a pictoresque setting for sunday morning runs.
- Adapting more relaxed attitude to everything. Estonians do not panic about absolutely everything as the more western countries seem to do. I quess this will change when Estonia
joins EU adapts all new EU laws and changes to € (what was I thinking…).