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"Estonians joke about themselves that favorite "food" of an Estonian is another Estonian".

"Эстонцы шутливо говорят, что любимое "блюдо" эстонца - это другой эстонец".

Saturday, May 01, 2004

We are a part of European Union now! So where are the EU flags? I saw only Estonian ones today...

Мы теперь в Евросоюзе! Так где же флаги ЕС? Пока я видела только эстонские...

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

In Estonia, it sometimes snows in April!
It is a good thing that the winter has ended!

I would like to get back to my remark about Lenin (posted on Friday, April 23):
15% of the population of Russia don't know who Lenin was.
Annika, the source for this information is Russian news program Vesti. (The information flow does not begin and end on the Net.)
And Rick, I think that the percentage shown in the research consists mainly of the young generation. As illiterate as the old people might be in the “isolated villages” of the great Russia, they know who Lenin was, because of the impact that his ideas had on their lives. (They might not spell his name correctly but they know, I am sure). The young ones, even if they see the statue of Lenin on a street every day, couldn’t care less: he is not an important historical figure for them anymore. I do think one should know the history of the country he lives in.
Finally, a thought by Lenin: “As long as a State exists, there is no freedom. (But) When the freedom will come, there no longer will be a State.” (Sorry if anyone finds my translation imperfect.)
If anyone is interested, look at "Lenin: Collected works" here.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Caron @ 3:19AM | 2004-04-24 wrote:
“I'm glad to know cultural illiteracy is not limited to the people in the U.S.
Caron, I think that every nation has illiterate people it ought to be ashamed of.
I hope you don’t mind, Caron, the story I am going to tell from the time when I was studying in the high school in the USA. By the way, it was a long time ago.
Everyone at that school asked me the same 3 questions: what was my name, where did I come from, and how did I like staying in the USA. Every time I had the same answers (Darya; Estonia; very much!), and it was pretty annoying after a while, until I met one boy, who, I am sure, is not a common example of an American student.
After hearing that I am from Estonia (by the way, no one at that school besides the teachers and some Spanish students knew what and where Estonia or the Baltic region was) he was really excited and said out loud: “Cool! So you are from Stone land! I have heard something about it…” I had no idea what he meant, but life didn’t seem so boring that day.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

OK, I did not have enough sleep this night (no, I was not out partying, I was doing my course project), so if anyone has a good idea for what today's topic might be... You are welcome to make any suggestions!

Сна сегодня было мало (причина не в веселье всю ночь напролёт, а в работе над курсовой), так что если у вас есть хорошие идеи насчёт какая тема интересна для сегодняшнего обсуждения,- вперёд, пишите!

Friday, April 23, 2004

15% of the population of Russia don't know who Lenin was.

15% россиян не знают, кто такой Ленин.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

The atmosphere in Estonia before entering the EU reminds in certain ways the experience of living in the Soviet Union? Read more here. Another thing that I would like to mention is that "the Soviet" seems to be also the general equalization - the European standard - that is not only the sign of quality, but also the limitation of the choice of products.

Атмосфера в Эстонии перед вступлением в Евросоюз похожа на опыт проживания в Советском Союзе? Подробнее читай здесь. От себя хочу добавить, что советским отдаёт и всеобщая уровниловка, ведь евростандарт - не только признак качества, но и ограничение в выборе продуктов.

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