Hot chocolate and Song Festival Parade
The EURICA programme is open to students at certain universities in Europe and Latin America (mostly South America). As Germany is excluded from this programme I was not allowed to fly from there but had to follow proper procedure: flying to Estonia where I study and then getting a paid flight from Tallinn to Mexico. As no direct flights can be expected for this route I had to transfer in Paris. Considering how close Mannheim and Paris are, I do feel bad for the unnecessary CO2 emission but otherwise they wouldn't pay it. My return flight is even crazier. I forgot about the time difference and instead of 23rd I will arrive 24th December in Europe.From Mexico city I am flying to Amsterdam and from there I go on to Tallinn. Then I have to pay for my flight back to Germany for which I could only find one affordable flight: from Tallinn to Amsterdam and onwars to Frankfurt ... a shame considering time, my wellbeing and the environment. But I had to follow procedure, so I could't get off in Amsterdam and take a bus or train home. So I experience the EU bureaucracy in its pure form broken down to the individual and how it can be damaging, as well as not cost efficient.
In Tallinn I stayed with my Taiwanese friend and former tutand Wayne.
The Song Festival is at TALLINNA LAULUVÄLJAK (Song Festival in Estonian: Laulupidu) and is held every 5 years in July. It is also organized in Latvia and Lithuania, celebrating the national awakening and peaceful fight against Soviel occupation. Usually around 18.000 singers perform at once on stage, in front of 100.000 people. 2009 at the 140th anniversary of the Song Festival about 34.000 singers performed for more than 200.000 people from all over Estonia and a rising number of international visitors of which some learn Estonian songs and are allowed to perform as well.
For more information check this website
credits: Rainar Kurbel ja Endel Grensmann at laulupidu.ee
Lili, Wayne and Max