It was my first visit to Spain ever. I discovered a wonderful country with a rich history, mystical places, and warm people. I enjoyed a lot our sunny treasure hunting quest in Oviedo and the stories which Ana narrated to us about the city and its history. I was impressed by Oviedo’s old architecture and modern sculptures. The picturesque whalers’ city Lastres inspired me with its colourful narrow streets and beautiful ocean views. I also liked the mystical and glorious Covadonga.
I was deeply touched by the performance of the minors’ choir, especially the first song.
I had a chance to take part in the first project mobility in Estonia and the last one in Spain; and I realised how much people had changed. If there were difficulties at first when communicating with each other, in Spain I suddenly noticed that people from different countries were becoming close friends with each other. And I realised what a superb project it had been.
Before going to Croatia, I thought the country had a warm climate. But it didn’t. Instead, it had warm people.
Accommodation, catering, and excursions were all well organised. The hotel room was comfortable, with a breathtaking view of the sea and the mountains. The catering included a variety of delicious Croatian dishes. Our tour guides were students from the Adult Education Institution Dante. The guides significantly improved our knowledge of Croatia’s history. An interesting fact is that “kuna” is a word both for the national currency and for the animal called marten. This is because marten pelts used to be used as currency during Roman times. The treasure hunt was another highlight of the trip with its clever design. It was fun to search and solve puzzles.
Visits at the Adult Education Institution Dante made a very good impression. I particularly liked the temperamental presentation of the study methods at the institution. I found putting people into relevant situations quite interesting – for example, having an English lesson at a restaurant where students have to order in English. Another interesting example was an arts lesson where students made masks with English as the working language.
Another fun event was the carnival day that began at Dante with two artists making face paintings for each of us involved in the project. It was always exciting to see how the next face painting would turn out. We took pictures of ourselves and felt good overall. There was also a table covered for us with various snacks. Especially tasty was a type of pastry I hadn’t tried before. I did know, however, that it is also sometimes made in Estonia (and called “pig’s ears” here). I took a bite from time to time and thanked the baker in my mind. Thank you!!
It was also my first time on a street carnival. It made a lasting impression with its fabulous costumes and decorated cars. What I liked the most about the carnival was that it was all done in good spirits and that the children in the audience were treated with kind faces and, occasionally, sweets.
Thinking back to the trip fills me with positive emotions. It was full of joy and significantly helped with improving and reinforcing my English.
A big “thank you” to the organisers!!
Nice to see so many foreign friends on our Rapla promenade.
Latvia: One image is worth more than a thousand words.
(A view from the top of the tower described so eloquently by Armand)
Attention, please! DO NOT peek here before you have completed the activities!
Answers to the task on the Varbola stronghold: Varbola KEY.
Answers to the task on glass beads: Glass beads KEY.
Answers to the tasks on the story of Tallinn: Tallinn KEY.
Answers to the task on the Estonian bread: Estonian bread KEY.
“Varbola stronghold” is an activity designed by Liia. It tells us the story of the stronghold that used to be the biggest of its kind in Estonia and, according to some sources, in the whole Northern Europe. Varbola is just a stone’s throw away from Rapla, the location of our language school!
After you read Liia’s captivating account of the Varbola stronghold and look at the colourful pictures she shares with us, Liia tests your knowledge with some questions.
And once you are done, please let us know how you liked this activity by filling out this form.
“Glass beads and wood-heated glass bead furnaces at Kunilepa” is an activity designed by Kairi. Kairi, who herself is a glass artist, tells us a lot of interesting facts about the history of glass ornaments and about the exciting activities connected with art that are done at her home, a farmstead called Kunilepa.
After enjoying Kairi’s detailed presentation, you are welcome to solve the crossword given at the end of it. The crossword can also be found separately here: Glass beads crossword.
When you have finished doing the task, please let us know how you liked this activity by filling out this form.
“The story of Tallinn” is an activity designed by Ando. He invites you to watch an interesting video on the history of Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, on YouTube, told by a legendary old man.
Story of Tallinn
After watching the video, you can do two tasks composed by Ando that test your attentiveness and language skills.
In the end, please give us feedback on how you liked this activity by filling out this form.
“How to make Estonian traditional black bread” is an activity designed by Eha-Mai. In her presentation, Eha-Mai, who is herself known for baking delicious bread, shows you, step by step, how you can make rye bread the Estonian way, just like it was done in the old days and is done in many modern Estonian homes.
The presentation is accompanied by a word search task:
Estonian bread word search
Finally, please tell us how you liked this activity by filling out this form.