According to a study realized by the Estonian division of GfK Custom Research Baltic the (half) global phenomenon of Facebook did not manage to hit Estonia enough to claim the role of leader in social media since Estonian still prefer to do their e-networking elsewhere.
"Did you hear about our scandal? Did you hear that a Russian family wanted to send a kid to an Estonian school?" an official from Paldiski City Hall tells me about one of the hottest issues here and I finally start thinking that, maybe, someone realized the paradox of the 2-schools system.But, as usual, I have been too naive. "It all started few months ago", she tells me.
Discovering a country it is not only travelling around and enjoying the landscape. It is also understanding the culture, learning (at least trying to) the language, and above all knowing the history of a country as it is the basis of people's behaviour, hates, hopes, beliefs...
After the unexpected success of our new section which attracted more than 600 readers over the weekend, we decided to bring it forward and to start planning our next steps.And, as we could not survive without you all, everyone is invited! Impressive.
Someone told me it is just because I ended up here on an incredible
sunny day but, seriously, Sillamae did not look as one of the ugliest and
most dangerous places in Estonia
as, even yesterday night, someone wrote me on Facebook. The day started early in the morning with a table decorated
with ham, cheese, butter, bread, omelettes, coffee and orange juice.
“Where?! " "Why do you want to go there?”
Once in my hotel and after a not-too-bad chicken with Greek cheese and herbes
provençale I tried to ask to the young guy sitting in the lobby if he knew
anyone crazy enough to joining me for my nuclear tourism. “Do you know how to get to the old nuclear factory?”
“Where?! Why do you want to go there? It is strictly
forbidden, it is a border zone.