Quarantine or any other form of a lockdown may be scary at times, and we all know tourism has been hit dramatically. People just do not travel so to say. Businesses suffer, some have to close down – airlines, hotels, travel firms, restaurants, guides.
But lockdown may also appear to be a perfect timing for investing. And rebranding.
That is what Radisson Blu Sky Hotel in Tallinn has chosen to do.
With a promise to be back in the market in Q2 2022 as Radisson Collection Hotel.

We will survive and greet our customers soon. Very soon!
We are ready!

Well, a 10-min video may be trying to showcase too much in one shot, but it is still interesting to watch. This may probably be one of the first tries of a guy to boast himself on youtube, but you just cannot ignore his enthusiasm. Lithuania video, #saltibarsciai

Lithuania video #saltibarsciai

e-residence Pope Francis

Pope Francis was on a tour of the Baltic Countries – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at the end of September 2018 and has been granted the trending e-Residency of Estonia.

Estonia has e-residents across 157 countries as of September 25, 2018, when His Holiness have become the first e-resident from Vatican City.

Estonia is making friends around the world, while helping democratise access to entrepreneurship and connecting more people across borders.

Estonian e-Residency digital ID card may be used to
– verify the identity online,
– digitally sign documents,
– access Estonia’s public and private e-services from anywhere in the world.

The primary reason for people to become e-residents is to overcome barriers to entrepreneurship
and create a trusted, location-independent company that they can establish and manage online from anywhere.

P.S. Estonia is claimed to be one of the least religious countries in the world and just 0,4% of the population declared being Roman Catholics, which is approx 4500 people.

more here https://e-resident.gov.ee


We all know Asian food is one of the most popular invasive foods wherever you travel. Not all the places are worth calling them true Asian, though.


These could be the reasons (at least in Estonia; well, at least as Ken Saburi claims they are).

Why Asian food in Estonia is still not up to scratch.

I was once an “advisor” to an Asian restaurant in Tartu (the second largest town in Estonia – editor) for a short time and I believe I have some insights why Asian restaurants in Estonia suck big time. There are exceptions – but as the word suggests, exceptions.

1) Greedy clueless incompetent bosses.
2) When you see “Asian” restaurants that claim to do Chinese, Indian and Thai cuisine, run as far as you can! It’s like a “European” restaurant somewhere in Asia that claims to do Italian, English and Finnish cuisine.
3) Most of these restaurants have 100 or more items on their menu. Ever wonder how their kitchens cope with it? By pre-cooking loads of meat, rice and noodles a day or two before. They will simply microwave most of them upon order. In other words, classic Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare practices.
4) The cooks are either lazy, fake or have their balls to the walls because of their dumb bosses, which lead them to cook pure rubbish.
5) Hard-to-get spices? That’s a myth. I lived with Indians and Pakistanis during my dorm days in Tartu and the food they cooked was as authentic as it can be. Needless to say – their food was way better than the restaurants’.
6) Customers not knowing any better. Just this summer (of 2017), I was introduced to an Indian and Thai restaurant in Tallinn. I was sceptical, but I saw that it has a 4.8/5 rating on Facebook. Letting my guard down, I decided to give it a chance. Boy oh boy, I will never return to the restaurant.
7) Every single thing is doused or marinated in, or served with ketchup sauce.
Fried rice/noodles, ketchup.
Butter chicken, ketchup.
Curry sauce, the taste of ketchup in it.
Ketchup, more ketchup.
Can’t taste any quintessential Indian spices like turmeric, cumin or masala.

originally published on estonianworld.com on 12.12.2017

“I have lived in so many different countries. But I am from Vilna, I identify myself with this city”.

Bak donated more than 60 of his paintings (with more to follow) to the Samuel Bak Museum beeing hosted by the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum.

Shmuel Bak was one of the few survived after nearly 200k Lithuanian Jews were exterminated during the WW2.

for more read: timesofisrael.com