Tallinn Christmas market
Liv's Tallinn

No Christmas market in Tallinn this year

Last week the news broke that Tallinn Christmas market will not be held for obvious reasons and while many people thought it wasn’t a big loss mainly due to its over commercialised appeal with the same vendors year on year I’m extremely sad we won’t be able to experience it fully this winter. I also do kind of agree with them and while I wouldn’t actually buy any Christmas presents from there and it really is overpriced, it holds a magical place in my heart.

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Torela mängutuba
Liv's Tallinn

Torela mängutuba

Me saabusime Eestisse umbes aasta aega tagasi ja peaaegu nii kaua oleme ka sellises vahvas mängutoas käinud nagu Torela! Tõsi küll, viimasel ajal ei ole enam sinna jõudnud, sest plika käib nüüd lasteaias, aga sellegi poolest plaanin varsti teha talle vaba päeva, et saaksime mänguhommikut taas külastada.

Vaata väikest galeriid me esimesest korrast novembris kuni selle aasta suveni:

Mäletan ühte varajast novembrihommikut, kui mõtlesin, mida temaga järjekordselt peale hakata. Rentisime Kalamajas korterit ja hakkasin igapäevasest jalutuskäigust Balti Jaama turule ja Telliskivi Loomelinnakusse ära tüdinema, teisisõnu olime hakanud oma uue piirkonnaga ära harjuma ja oli vaja leida uusi lõbustusi. Kiire Google’i otsing tõi esile mitu lähedalasuvat mängutuba ning esimeseks osutus Torela, kuhu ma tol hommikul ka otsustasin temaga kärutada. Ma ei osanud arvata, et sellest me uus lemmik hangout saab!

Mulle meeldis, et hinna sees on kohv ning suupisted. Ma ei tea mitte ühtegi ema, kes ütleks ära hommikukohvist, olgu see esimene, teine või juba koguni kolmas tass (no judging!). Londoni soft play ruumides selline asi tavapärane ei olnud, ikka tuli toidu eest juurde maksta, kui selline võimalus üldse esines. Tihtipeale tõin ma kaasa ka oma sülearvuti, et asju ajada ning need paar tunnikest võisid päris asjalikult mööduda. Vahel aga veetsin terve hommiku temaga põlvili põrandal mängides ja teiste emadega jutustades. Mängimiseks on seal palju huvitavaid võimalusi, tütre lemmikuks kujunes vist kööginurk ja pallimeri ja mulle meeldis Duplodest maju ehitada. 🙂

Külastasime ka mitmeid teisi mängutubasid, aga Torela mänguhommikutel käimisest sai meie uus rutiin. Meile sobis see asukoht – kui me lõpuks oma korterisse kolisime, siis olime siiski piisavalt lähedal, et soojemal ajal sain isegi rattaga sinna sõita, ja mulle meeldis, et olin perenaistega sõpradeks saanud. Meil ei olnud mitte kuskil mujal nii sooja vastuvõttu ja ma arvan, et see sai ka peamiseks põhjuseks, miks seal mõnel nädalal lausa kaks korda käisin. Ju oli ka minul vaja uut harjumust uues linnas kohanemiseks ning Torela aitas meid just sellega. Aitäh, et olemas olete ja aitasite meil sisse elada!

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You can't pour from an empty cup
Liv's Tallinn, Parenthood

Mothers, don’t be afraid to ask for help

When I moved back to Estonia last year I noticed lots of mum mentioning how tired they were. At the same time people looked at me funny when I put my then 2-year old to bed at 7-8pm. That’s how ‘selfish’ I am, because I want to live my own life too.

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Liv's Tallinn, Travel

Justkui välismaalane enda kodumaal

Kirjutan väikese seeria blogipostitusi eesti keeles, kirjeldades meie kohanemist, ja tundus, et seda on õigem teha oma emakeeles. Võib-olla hiljem tuleb tuju need inglise keelde ka ümber kirjutada, kuna siiani olen bloginud vaid selles keeles. Continue reading “Justkui välismaalane enda kodumaal”

Digital society e-Estonia
Liv's Tallinn

The world’s most advanced digital society

I was already writing a post about how easy it was to set up our lives here, in Tallinn, and then my US friend from London sent over this article and commented how interesting she found it. The New Yorker writes how Estonia’s economy is bound to tech – its government is digital, and most services in the country either are or can be provided electronically. People vote online; the ID-card securely stores each Estonian’s personal information, including health, tax, and police records; one can even establish residency and begin paying taxes in the country digitally—effectively immigrating online. 

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Toddler arts and crafts
Liv's Tallinn, Parenthood

Social distancing – how are you coping?

Last Friday Estonia announced a lockdown due to the spreading of COVID-19 until 1st May. Schools closed for two weeks today, concerts and other public events are either to be postponed or cancelled, if possible, people should work from home, strict entry controls have been put in place at all airports, seaports, and land borders. Play rooms, spas etc. are also closed till further notice. Restaurants, cafes operate on individual basis, there’s no set rule for that. Yet. Small businesses are suffering, we just don’t know to what extent. There’s a slight panic buying (toilet paper for all things like everywhere else…) but I‘m just glad that our government has taken this decision, people have guidelines and rules to follow, compared to what seems like a slight chaos back in the UK. 

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Liv's London, Liv's Tallinn, Travel

How to survive three moves in five months

Why have it simple when you can make it complex?

We knew we were moving to Estonia this autumn and had planned for it since late 2018 but it wasn’t one simple move, it had so many facets and we made it even more complicated when we decided to sell our apartment in London and buy another one there instead. So I’ve been packing and unpacking since June. Continue reading “How to survive three moves in five months”

Liv's Tallinn, Parenthood

Eating out with a toddler – dos and don’ts

We eat out with our daughter very often and we started (read: continued doing what we always liked to do) when she was a newborn. This meant sometimes one of us had to hold and rock her while the other gobbled down the meal in a hurry. My husband works from home a lot so it’s important for him to get out of the house once a day and most likely we’ll end up in a restaurant somewhere.

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