Sunday, October 30, 2005

some family experience from Estonia

When I first announced to my parents that I was planning to come to study to Estonia, they were pretty thrilled: "and how do you imagine to communicate with them?" was one of the most frequently asked questions.

- Dace, darling, let me tell you how your grandpa did when he visited Estonia even before you were born, - my dad started. - He had to go and see some kind of get-together of collective farm leaders, as far as I remember. Once, when he was running out of petrol, he stopped in a gas station to fill the gas cistern up. As he couldn't speak Estonian, he asked for this favour in Russian. They said they had run out of petrol. Alrighty... Sh*t used to happen in Soviet times. He drove to another gas station just across the street, and guess what - as he was waiting for his gas cistern to be full, he saw that in the other gas station, the one he had just left because of the "gas inaccessibility", the Estonian cars kept on filling up..."

- Yes, honey, I'll always remember how scared I was when I couldn't find your dad when he was doing his military service in Keila - my mummy went on. - It was terrible! I had come all this distance all alone from Riga to Keila to visit your father, and when asking the local inhabitants the further directions, they almost sent me to nowhere land! Thanks god, I came across other people who were looking for the same place, otherwise I probably would have been eaten by some forest creature..."

oh, yeah... now I see what they meant... oh, yeah, I do!


At 1:21 PM, Blogger Sigita said...

your post about the unhappy experiance of your parents just shows a tiny example oh how Estonians behave when they do not want to hear Russian language. Is is because of Russian occupation...

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Dace said...

You'll hear also my experience on this, not only my parents' ;)

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