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My thousand days in Eesti Vabariik

By João Lopes Marques (Eesti keel)

Distracted by some life bureaucracies and unnecessary concerns, I forgot to signal properly my first thousand days in Estonia. Doubtlessly, it is a beautiful and round number. Considering all the natural ups and downs, it has been quite exciting: when I debarked in Tallinn with a heavy suitcase on 11th June 2006 I had plans to stay for not longer than one year.

For some reason, time went by faster than my sweet inertia. Hereby some assorted impressions I have gathered since then. Since an article in Eesti Ekspress every two weeks is not enough to share all reflections, I've decided to select nearly one topic per month I have lived in this homy country:

1) Local girls' favourite name is "Laura";

2) Cakes are too creamy;

3) Solarium is as important as sauna;

4) Egypt is even more important than solarium;

5) One hears the name Narva usually related to a joke;

6) Locals love to quote a specific passage of Ernest Hemingway in his book To Have and Have Not: "In every port in the world, at least two Estonians can be found" (I haven't read this book, but I was told that wrote insted "No well-run yacht basin in the Southern waters is complete without at least two sun-burned, salt-headed Esthonians");

7) Men are more silent than women;

8) Lots of people boast they never pay on the tram;

9) "Margarita and the Master" by Mikhail Bulgakov is the favourite book of almost all my friends and acquaintances;

10) Estonians younger than 26 years old don't speak Russian;

11) Estonians older than 26 years old speak some Russian;

12) In my network, it seems something wrong goes very wrong every time I pronounce the word "Savisaar";

13) Residents in Läsna Mäe prefer not to mention they live there;

14) There is more Polish blood in Estonians than the autochtonous estimate (not necessarily Jewish);

15) Georgian food is the tastiest I've tried in Estonia;

16) Lately, wooden houses have became quite trendy again;

17) Because of the global warming, Summer in Pärnu became a tremendous bluff;

18) As good-yet-silent observers, Estonians are more acquainted about foreigners than foreigners are about Estonians;

19) Aladin restaurant is a lost oasis in Kopli neighbourhood;

20) Nail spas are the only business that will survive the credit crunch (never underestimate the look);

21) Estonian people have a fetish by Australia and Brazil (arrivederci Italia);

22) Lennart Meri is God, and He reigns especially for the local majority of Atheists;

23) Jaanipäev is by far much more relevant than Christmas;

24) One in every four (or maybe three) Estonians souls believe the supreme harmony will be achieved via the formula half-year-here-half-year-in-a-Thai-island;

25) Old habits die hard: Soviet canapés are still competing with capitalistic tapas;

26) Odessa champagne provides the worst hangover ever;

27) Estonians never ever travel to Latvia (well, perhaps for a conference or two);

28) Most mixed Estonians I have met tend to have Estonian father and Slavic mother (and they are usually adopt mother's tongue as their mother tongue);

29) The most repetitive question ever: "What the hell are you doing here in Estonia?";

30) Posting is cheaper than in other European Union countries;

31) Porsche Cayenne is a very popular vehicle indeed;

32) Even abstemious people admit Hell Hunt is one of the Top 10 national institutions;

33) "Come on, João, are you going to speak about the Bronze Soldier again?";

34) Orkut is Estonia's Yellow Pages;

35) The massive response to my last article "Viimase aja tabu Eestis: 'Maarja läheb ka Eestist ära...'" just proves gender gap is a perfect topic to trigger a harsh discussion in Estonia

Uff, I feel more relieved now. And yes, last but not the least, I also ackowledge Estonians love to know what foreigners thinks about them...


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19 kinds of girls who bruise my soul

By João Lopes Marques (Eesti keeles)

There was a time, not too long ago, I believed I had become a misogynous guy. False. I wasn’t. Then I started fearing I was slightly gynophobic. Nope. I was just afraid to bump into another stupid girl. It wasn’t easy to understand it but 10 or 15 years later I realize I’m just too sensitive to 19 specific species of women. Indeed, I can even turn intolerant in presence of one of them. Such a phenomenon can be either personal taste or old trauma, I know. However, I don’t care anymore. I just confess the following kind of females have the power to bruise my soul:

1- The hologram girl

You think everything is fine, that that closeness is real, and you stretch your arm. Of course you wanted more and she let you play that game. For a week. A month. Sometimes even for years. Helàs! Now you understand you were living in a dream. “Why did she give me so many wrong signs”, you wonder; “João, I’ve seen you always as a very good friend”, she states.

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