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Stories from Azerbaijan, Mexico, France etc.

#14 John Avila from Colombia to Estonia

#14 John Avila from Colombia to Estonia

Listen to how John's life changed after he started drinking kama with keefir for breakfast to blend in more or maybe it was thanks to the clever hack, how he learned to say the letter “Ö” in Estonian and probably getting into composing music had its contribution.


We’ll find out through his highly entertaining stories. He also shares, why Colombian people are so intense in making eye contact. And how feelings in general are just not Estonian thing, except maybe, when it comes to our Singing festival. Then it’s a totally different story.

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#13 Iryna Krepchuk from Belarus to Estonia

#13 Iryna Krepchuk from Belarus to Estonia

Listen to how we chat with Iriyna about her upbringing in Belarus. We talk about Belarusian language and its new wave, about how she uses Russian and English language in Estonia. We dive deep into her musical background. We talk about how much Estonians dislike talking on phones. We get into different local traditions Kadripäev, Mardipäev, Jaanipäev and the story of Tahma-Toomas - let us know, if you’ve heard about Tahma-Toomas before!

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#12 Jaime Delgado - from Chile to Estonia

#12 Jaime Delgado - from Chile to Estonia

Listen to how Jaime talks about moving to Tartu, Estonia which is on the opposite side of the world fir him. First impressions after landing - wow, this country is so FLAT!
Some other memorable impressions were seeing an Estonian hot dog for the first time, realising that his university building has its own sauna, people eating open sided sandwiches, not being able to find Pisco sour here and so much more.

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#11 Mathilde Roch-Penet - from France to Estonia

#11 Mathilde Roch-Penet - from France to Estonia

Listen hilarious stories about studying art in Estonia, how sauna can help one feel better in their skin, 3-course eating habits in France, Mathilde's first impressions when seeing Estonia's highest hill..  Stories behind her tattoos, how safe is it really to walk around in Tallinn, as a female, in the middle of the night. How she is constantly impressed, being able to see stars in the sky here and how she compares Estonians with jam and coconuts.

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#10 Taavi Suikkanen - from Finland to Estonia

#10 Taavi Suikkanen - from Finland to Estonia

Listen to how Taavi shares what annoys him about Estonia and Estonians. And also, how he enjoys the speed of Estonians. He shares his opinion about whether Estonians actually have their own standards, whether we should accept Russian language as our national language. The pressure of today’s society etc. He also shares his views about HR and music industry.

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#9 Tati Becks- from Brazil to Estonia

#9 Tati Beck - from Brazil to Estonia

Listen to how Tati found out that Estonia is the best place in the world, to live surrounded by beautiful women. After reading that and knowing, that her boyfriend is moving to Estonia, her decision was easy. Now she says Estonia truly is a sweet spot and she really likes it here. Some things started finally making more sense here - like Santa wearing an actual winter coat and winter boots. And something that shocked Tati was seeing people sunbathing in the middle of the street.

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#8 Ada Hisunova from Ukraine to Estonia

#8 Ada Hisunova - from Ukraine to Estonia

Listen to how Ada shares a glimpse of her life in Estonia, how she moved to Tartu to learn Spanish language and literature. How she loves dancing both male and female parts. How she is crazy about Estonian pastry kohupiimatasku, how she keeps a list of boardgames, that she has played or wants to buy.

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#7 Shahab Abarjafari - from Iran/KKTC to Estonia


#7 Shahab Abarjafari - from Iran/KKTC to Estonia

Listen to how Shahab shares a glimpse of his life in Estonia. As the only computer vision scientist in the whole of Estonia, he established the first and now the largest computer vision lab in the Baltics! Being born in Iran, having lived in multiple countries and now having lived 8 years in Estonia, Shahab says for him Estonian culture is the perfect culture!

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#6 Avery Schrader - From Canada to Estonia

#6 Avery Schrader - From Canada to Estonia

Listen to how Avery shares his story of living in Estonian startup bubble, how everybody in Estonia is 2 calls away, differences between Estonian and South Western book salesmen, why does he think our cakes are weird. How he likes the supportiveness of Estonian entrepreneurs. And how to get to know people in Estonia.

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#5 Buluthan Aktaş - From Turkey to Estonia

#5 Buluthan Aktaş - From Turkey to Estonia

Listen to how Buluthan, found out about Estonia through Eurovision Song Contest. Among learning, that he now has his own candy here, he also discovered, that Asia is not the only place, where people enjoy eating plain rice. We’ll also make a deep dive into - are Turkish and Estonian languages similar?

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#4 from Spain to Estonia - Rafiki Salieto

#4 Rafiki Salieto - from Spain to Estonia

Listen to how Rafiki came to conclusion, that it’s his destiny to move to Estonia! He came here with a hobby of visiting all the museums around him and 200 different museum visits in Estonia and still going strong!? And he really says, there’s more to visit!

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#3 from USA to Estonia - Chris Raastad

#3 Chris Raastad - from USA to Estonia

Listen to how it turns out, that all Chris needed to start taking Estonian language learning seriously, was to miss one train ride with his Erasmus friends. And thanks to singing in a choir, taking intensive language courses and bathing in “Estonian showers” as he calls it - he can now confidently add Estonian to one of the languages that he speaks.

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#2 Sandra Valle - from Mexico to Estonia

Listen to, why there are no SPA’s in Mexico, how Estonian can be used as a secret language, Sandra’s love for “heeringas” and why you shouldn’t smile too much during Estonian winter and what does it mean, that Estonia and Mexico are opposite.

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#1 Rufat Dargahli - from Azerbaijan to Estonia

Listen to how Rufat recognizes Estonians on the street, how he already grew up with the love for potatoes, why the word “allahindlus” made him think all the shops in Estonia are religious! How he managed to get locked up in a local church. Also how Estonian weather is similar to Kinder surprise!

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What will you hear in the episodes?

  • Estonian expat stories

    Each person has a unique story of how they ended up living in Estonia. We explore, what they like about this country and what they actually don’t.

  • Weirdest things about Estonian culture?

    Some say it’s weird, that Estonians eat raw fish? That they sweat together with their colleagues in a dark room, while being totally naked? And that every June they come together to jump over actual bon-fires? – anything else?

  • Topics among, how to recognise and become friends with Estonians

    Where to find locals, how to make them smile and what do they like to talk about?

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Meet your hosts: Tiina and Kaisa

Tiina loves travelling, discovering new places and meeting new people. It helps, that she speaks five languages, has lived in 5 different countries and yes she does have two "i"-s in her name! She's also passionate about combining design, marketing and business worlds smoothly with hers.

Tiina Pärtel

Tiina Pärtel

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Kaisa is a badass with blue hair. Try to guess, what she hasn't done yet - jewellery line, art business, writing a book, living abroad, hosting radio shows.. It's safe to say she enjoys living life to the fullest, meeting new people and having deep conversations with them!

Tiina Pärtel

Kaisa Holsting

podcast@foundinestonia.ee

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