Over a decade ago, we visited Estonia. We’ve come back to meet the same people and see how their lives have changed.

The fisherwoman from the island of Saaremaa has opened a shop, and the former student has found a job in the university town of Tartu. But the power station employee in Narva is still skeptical about the integration of the Russian population – just some of many Estonian voices.

 

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Saaremaa Island: An exclusive gateway from the maddening crowd
The episcopal / bishop's castle from the 14th century is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Baltic countries.
The episcopal / bishop’s castle from the 14th century is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Baltic countries.

Saaremaa is a very beautiful island of Estonia a country which gained independence in 1991. People of this island have witnessed and endured several wars for centuries including World War 1 and World War2 but has still preserved its rich culture and heritage. Saaremaa has a serene beauty and dry landscape covered with shrubs. Folk music, folk dance, choir singing brings out their rich culture. One can see the medieval churches like Muhu church built in 13th century, Poide church; Valjale church, which is made of stone, depicts local architecture.

In these churches, one can find beautiful craftsmanship made on rare dolomite stone. Churches, Bell towers, old windmills, stone barricade houses, local costumes and music give a different feel. Saaremaa is rich in flora and fauna. Thousands of migratory birds come to Saaremaa. One can see rare butterflies, roman snails and marble seals. A jeep ride into the safari park of Viideeme and Vilsands is really adventurous and thrilling. Visit to Saaremaa will remain incomplete without trying their cuisine and more particularly their traditional local home brewed beer like Christmas and Tehumardi beer. One must try sweet-sour bread, black rye bread and terviseleib bread at the local bakery. Climate is mild maritime and it is always a joy to be here over and over again.

 

Before you travel to the Baltics

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Estonia at a Glance
Estonia: Quick Facts