Wicked Winterfrost

Lomo Memories: India & Bulgaria

Posted in Bulgaria, India by talikas on December 21, 2010

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Meeting the Matrix: Ejmiadzin Cathedral

Posted in Armenia by talikas on December 15, 2010

Etchmiadzin katedraal on üks maailma vanimaid kirikuid, mis asub Lääne-Armeenias riigi usukeskuses Ejmiadzini linnas. Kes veel ei tea (aga niikuinii kõik teavad), siis Armeenia on esimene riik maailmas, kes võttis vastu ristiusu ning kirik ehitatigi umbes 4. sajandi alguses. Armeenia tundub tõesti kohati kui Maailma Algus, sest küll räägib üks legend, kuidas Ararati mäe otsa jäi kinni Noa laev, samas kui teine legend kuulutab, et Armeenia ongi Eeden. Aukartustäratava ajaloo ja Ssure traditsioonilisuse kõrval mõjuvad naljakalt ülitõsiste nägude, Matrix-tüüpi päikeseprillide ja nahkjoppidega katedraali aias ringi patseerivad mungad.

Muide, kohalikud mehed on suhteliselt hirmuäratavad oma tõsise tumeda piidlemisega.

Yerevan Nightlife: Kami Club

Posted in Armenia by talikas on December 13, 2010

Such a beautiful girl. Dancing in a local nightclub which was totally full of people already at 20:00!

Yerevan Brandy Factory: Tasting the 20-Year-Old Ararat Bouquet

Posted in Armenia by talikas on December 12, 2010

Armenia showed me the way to the world famous Yerevan Brandy Factory where we were explained about the history and traditions connected to the Ararat cognac/brandy. Apparently, in the Caucasus region, Russia, Ukraine and a few other places, the factory is allowed to call its products “cognac” whereas everywhere else it has to be called “brandy”. This is because in order to deserve the title of a cognac the drink has to have certain qualities (e.g. has it be made of only a limited list of grapes – growing in France) and follow a specified preparation chain. Evidently, Armenians drink cognac, not brandy, and are proud to have a huge amount of traditions connected to the beverage.

For example, the Armenians say that there are little devils sitting on the glass and each time we clink our glasses the devils disappear. But when we get drunk, it is because the little devils fall into the drink.

Estonian former president Arnold Rüütel has signed one barrel!

Yerevan: First Impression: Smog

Posted in Armenia by talikas on December 10, 2010

Armeenia tervitab mind lennukilt maha astudes kummipõlemishaisuga. Huvitav, mõtlen endamisi, kas meie pisike Armavia lennuliini lennuk hakkas maandumisel kärssama? Ka lennujaamast väljudes on see lõhn igal pool. Ei tea, kas renoveerivad lennujaama ja sellest? Kuid ei, hommikul Yerevani hotellis tatrapudru suunas tüürides tunnen taas seda ebameeldivat hõngu. Mis toimub? Paari päeva möödudes selgub, et selline tume ja kergelt mürginegi sudu katab tiheda vaibana kogu linna.

Bioneer kirjutab, et sudu on teatud tüüpi õhusaastet näitav mõiste, mis koondab endasse kaks sõna – “suits” ja “udu”. Termini “smog” (smoke+fog) mõtles välja Harold Antoine des Voeux Suurbritannias 1905. aastal, millega ta tähistas kivisöe põlemisel atmosfääri paiskuvate väävliühendite poolt tekitatud tumedat ning mürgist suurlinnade kohal hõljuvat pilve, mis tappis tuhandeid inimesi kogu riigis. Sudu võib tekkida erineval moel, kuid eelduseks on alati kas heitgaasid või muu mürgine element.

Sudu on reegina peamiselt suurlinnade probleem ja olen ise seda kogenud nii Pekingis kui Mumbais, kuid siis on see olnud pigem lõhnatu linna kohal hõljuv vine, mitte konkreetne ebameeldiv ving. Võibolla on see seotud kindlate ilmastikutingimustega, kuid on imelik, et moderniseerumise poole pürgiv miljoni-linn nagu Yerevan sellise tossu käes vaevleb.

Fancy an Oyster?

Posted in Estonia by talikas on December 6, 2010

Shaking Hand with the President

Posted in Estonia by talikas on December 5, 2010

Photo by Toomas Volmer

This is what’s great about living in a small country like Estonia. Everybody has the chance to shake hands with Mr President at least once in his/her lifetime. The reception at the President’s residence was nice and warm and his speech filled with Aavik’s “new” words.  It is great that some of the “winning words” like “taristu” are already being used in media and some of the words offered are so funny that they can make your day (e.g. “euronöör” for “directive”).

Of course it is important for media to follow the event and start using the new words but at some point during the reception I felt kind of lost: there were as many journalists and cameramen in the room as there were guests. I could hardy see the President giving the speech and totally missed out on Chalice singing about his bad luck with women because some tall guy with a microphone was blocking my view.

The First and Last Time That My Average Grade in the Uni Is So High

Posted in Estonia by talikas on December 1, 2010

(This means that I got my first grade!)