Monday, August 28, 2006

home goes on

mood: just fine
soundtrack: royksopp - only this moment

so, i've been home for a week now and it has been absolutely fabulous. i've been meeting my old friends every day many of whom have changed, gotten families etc. anyhow, it's a pleasure to see that things don't stand still here. in fact, for a second a thought of coming back crossed my mind but then again i think it's a bit too early at least at this point.
one of the most interesting things that happened to me these days was meeting a soldier from the french foreign legion. this kid is from our town and has been serving in the legion for 4 years now. i met him at this party at vanya's borther's summerhouse. he told me a lot about france. he really dislikes it. the guy has learnt the language and integrated quite well apparently but at one point he started feeling being thrown off. well, he made an effort and didn't like it which is fair enough. the most ironic thing here however is that he's serving for the legion which essentially means that he's protecting the country which he doesn't really like. well, i guess it's some kind of soldier thing, not to question these kind of things. anyhow, we agreed to meet in france when i'm there next spring. he's stationed outside toulouse and we agreed to meet in marseille. the interesting thing is also the fact that he wouldn't talk about the legion, whatever question i would ask he would change the topic. guess it's some kind of promise he gives.
tomorrow i'm off to tallinn and as i found out a friend of mine works as a project manager at a construction of the tallest building in the capital, so i'll go to see that. and afterwards, there's a birthday party that i'll need to attend.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

back in europe

mode: home sweet home :))
soundtrack: some russian radio

i've been in estonia for four days only and already so many things have happened. in fact, by now i have driven through most of the country. on tuesday i went to saaremaa (an island east of the estonian mainland) to meet ross and his family. they came there after their tour of russia and belarus. we stayed at this spa and they were really happy with their visit as according to them estonia has gone a long way from the ussr times as opposed to russia and belarus. we went out on saaremaa with ross and his sister - drank a lot but didn't get too drunk, probably because of the sea climate. and then next day we headed to parnu resorts and returned to tallinn where i put them on the plane.
next i went to see vano (the newly-married dude) who is staying with his wife at the in-laws' house. we went to sauna and then barbequed and drank. i missed vano. it was great to sit down with him and drink until 5 am while talking about the most random stuff. and as usually we woke up at 3pm next day, when i went to a hair dresser and headed home where i am right now.
tomorrow, i'm here and on the weekend i'll be off for some family times involving fishing etc. also vano's brother invited me to join them at their summerhouse. i'm definitely going to go. one of his friends is part of the french foreign legion, so it will be very interesting to meet him as well as everybody else.
anyhow, some busy days are coming up right here.
i've gotten a roadmap from my dad and have started slowly planning our route in spain. i can't wait! this will definitely be exciting! more updates coming soon as the vacation will progress!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

done

mood: relieved
soundtrack: Manu Chao
- Cahi En La Trampa

today I recited a poem by Paul Verlaine and it officially marked the end of homework for me and symbolically the end of the french school. well, i still have classes tomorrow, but there's no work and i suddenly find myself with a load of free time which needs to be filled.
since i'm completely broke, the option of drinking or doing anything involving money falls off. hence, i'm mostly reading and watching movies. alone. as all my friends are either working or are in the middle of exams :)
i'm following the news on the regular basis again, as well as watching movies which i've been planning to watch for a while now. tonite, it'll be Kin-Dza-Dza...russian movie...not yet sure what it is about, but apprently a skillful critique of the soviet regime which managed to slip by the critics eyes during the grand red times.
in less than a week i'll be at home sweet homeā€¦keeping my fingers crossed that i won't loose any luggage nor miss any connections as the security seems to be getting very tight after the latest events in uk. once i'm home, i will need to start my spain trip plan. my dad told me he has a roadmap of europe, so i guess all is left is to pick up a lonely planet or one of these guides to plot the initial itinerary. exciting times are almost there!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

2 weeks to go

mood: hangover motivation
soundtrack: Roni Size / Reprazent - Brown Paper Bag

another week has passed and i find myself realizing that i'll be home in 2 weeks. in fact, i haven't been that happy about going home in a while. maybe it's because many things have happened since my last visit and i feel tired. i had the greece experience, then i came to middlebury, had to sort out personal life and then this language immersion program. i've also been feeling that i started to get closer with my parents. i spoke to them today and they are at least as excited about me coming. it will also be nice because i will get to take it easier with drinking. since last february i've been boozing almost every day and it's getting kind of tiring by now. also,vanya is getting married next weekend and i feel sad for not being able to go. i hope i will get to spend some time with him once i'm in estonia - because my visit this year will be rather short - 10 days only.
on a different note - i was reading about castro the other day. ol' fidel really doesn't seem to be doing that well and i'm wondering what's going to happen if they announce a fatal scenario for him. u.s. is already seem to be getting ready for a revolution, but my gut feeling is that with Raul taking the power, we would see the regime decline but not a whole lot. one cannot forget that there's chavez in venezuela who is all about socialism in latin america. hence, i think we will not see that many drastic changes but definitely a strong exchange of signals between americans and venezuela. finally, i wanted to leave you with this article about Raul Castro and opinions from the world press "The International Spotlight is on Fidel Castro's Successor"