One of the best decisions I made the last semester was joining Erasmus Student Network Tartu. Finding people who understand me and give a opportunity to do things I always wanted to try. And also face my fears. Here are some events I enjoyed a lot or I had some part in organizing:
It is cruise Tallinn-Stockholm-Tallinn with bunch of international people together. Going there are people from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and on the way back joins us Sweden, Norway and Denmark. So 6 countries on the same boat. Together it is 3 days and probably the most sleepless times. They had activities for us in the boat which were sometimes hard to participate because of the noise and too big crowd. Dance area was too small so many people so most of us were just hanging around our cabins and having our party.
In Stockholm with few hour sleep we went to the old town. Just walked around and even happened to see changing of the guards. Ate in a lovely little restaurant and saw the cutest and smallest puppy ever. The evening continued with the bigger party but same way. Next day we slept in, had 20 minutes to get ready and slept the whole way back to Tartu.
It is mainly my organized trip. So the idea was to have a little bike ride somewhere near to some sauna house and ride back next day. We finally managed to find really good place but the only bad thing was the distance. 55 km for one day for not bikers was a bit too much. In general it was super fun even though the butt was hurting the next day and we took a train back from the halfway. We had some grill, drinks, sauna and no reception area.
3-day trip to Saaremaa where our Tartu Erasmus couple got “married” in Estonian style. I have been there only once before so it was really interesting. We went all kind of places and went through all the stages of getting married, starting from asking the father for permission, hens/bachelors night, wedding day, throwing the name away, reception and the day after. We all had some roles, I was the university friend for the bride. But I got accepted to the family the last day as some assumed that I already got married to the groom’s brother. The weekend was just perfect getaway, even though the first night it was super cold and someone tried to kill everybody in the smoke sauna.
So this is totally my organized event. When I accepted the challenge I had no idea how difficult it would be but I did it and I am really proud of myself. It was perfect place to have all my international friends around me and have a good proper big party before they started leaving. We had some incredible performances, including even my best friend playing guitar and singing. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Also we gave out Erasmus Awards for the most memorable people and I managed to get The Loveliest ESN Member. I got a lot of positive feedback, so all the sleepless night and stress paid out.