Postcards from Lauluväljak; Tallinn’s Singing Ground

This impressive, if empty concert venue is the scene of one of the world’s largest amateur choral festivals. Lauluväljak ‘singing ground’ is in the outskirts of Tallinn, Estonia, and every five years hosts combined choirs of up to 30,000, singing to audiences of almost 100,000. Male, female, children’s, and boys choirs, accompanied by several performing bands, filling the air with …

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Wildlife Watching in Alutaguse, Estonia

“Sssshush” was the swift, and abrupt rebuke in reply to my slightly too enthusiastic “Hi”, as the door to the hide opened. They take wildlife watching seriously in Alutaguse, Estonia. Dusk was rapidly descending outside the shelter, and the other ‘watchers’ were already quietly staring out towards the clearing. All were hoping for a glimpse of a bear, or maybe something …

Kihnu, Cultural Time Warp in Estonia

Waiting at the small ferry port of Munalaid, Estonia for a boat to take me to the island of Kihnu in the Gulf of Riga, the tone seemed set for the visit. Asking around, the few people present didn’t speak English, and weren’t able to offer any advice regarding the journey to the island. Eventually a small boat arrived, but again …

Wild Side of Estonia Itinerary; 18 – 22 September, 2014

It’s with a great deal of anticipation that I will be visiting Estonia on an individual media trip over the period 18 – 22 September, 2014. The trip was organised by the Estonia Tourism Board, and was first discussed October, last year. Finally I’m going, and it’s very exciting visiting for the first time. Tallinn, the capital city cannot be missed, but the …