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

 

as suggested by CNN, The Guardian, National Geographic, travelers’ blogs, etc.

 

Estonia’s capital Tallinn might be a former soviet city, but it has undergone huge change in the 25 years since the end of USSR control. The oldest capital along the Baltic Sea coast has a distinct identity, very different from the rest of Europe.

Sweeping panoramic views of Tallinn

things to do in tallinn viewing platform

Get lost in the old town of Tallinn

With its pastel-colored buildings all pretty in a row, the Town Hall Square is reminiscent of pages from a children’s fairy tale book.
The old medieval heart of Tallinn is ripe for exploring galleries and craft workshops.

Enjoy contemporary Estonian Cuisine

Contemporary but honoring all the Estonian classics, the menu reads like a local market produce listing, from freshly salted salmon to fried Baltic herring to salad with dried elk meat and roasted duck leg.

Russian revival architecture in Tallinn

things to do in tallinn alexader nevsky cathedral

In the first quarter of the 20th century it was scheduled for a demolition that never took place due to lack of funding. Built in the late 1800’s, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral remains to this day one of the finest examples of architecture from the Russian Empire.

Visit Kadriorg Palace

in the early part of the 18th century, Russia’s Peter the Great had this Baroque palace built for his wife, Catherine.

Kalamaja neighborhood, Tallinn

things to do in tallinn kalamaja

The colourful hippest area of Tallinn.

Taste Estonian craft beer

Estonia may be small but its craft beer industry continues to grow.

Walk through St. Catherine’s Passage

A walk through St. Catherine’s Passage, also known as medieval street, is a simple way to step back in time.

Learn about life under occupation

The Estonia that was under Nazi rule from 1940 then, until 1991, controlled by the Soviet Union. The Museum of Occupation tells the story of an Estonia not so long ago.

 

Full text http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/22/travel/best-things-to-do-in-tallinn-estonia/index.html

© Maria Pasquale, an Italian-Australian travel and food writer based in Rome. Founder of popular lifestyle blog www.heartrome.com
By Maria Pasquale, CNN. Updated November 22, 2016