Pärnu… well-known as the summer capital of Estonia. Who knows. Still no spring and I am wondering if Estonians are just skipping it and starting with the summer directly.
Today was very sunny when I woke up and it made me really happy, because, come on.. It is April already and spring should be knocking on our doors, right? But yes. It was just sunny and still cold and a bit windy outside. This didn’t stop me to go out and take a walk though.
I like walking near the beach since there is a nice walking path. It is so peaceful. You only hear the wind playing with the trees around and some birds singing their spring songs recently, while leaving their winter shelters.
As I leave my house the path takes me to a stunning architectural temple arising from the beach. That’s the famous HEDON Hotel & Spa. A historical building hiding modern spa inside. In fact, Pärnu has many SPAs and hotels. I assume they are full with tourists during summertime.
Once walking by, you can hear the beautiful music coming from the bronze statue of Raimond Valgre, sitting in the park with his accordion. Being one of the most famous composers in Estonia, you must stop for a minute near this statue and enjoy. It fits perfectly in the surroundings, where you can appreciate the fresh air and beautiful pine trees.
In the heart of the city is located the Pärnu bus station. At the junction of Ringi and Malmö streets and visiting the most popular points of the city from here is easy on foot, especially if the weather is good.
I adore getting lost around the streets of Pärnu and enjoying the view of the wooden houses and their calming colors. In the early evenings you can feel the soothe vibe coming out behind the curtains of the old windows. The light of the vibrant candles gives a comfortable feeling which makes you want to get inside and be amused by the atmosphere. Walking by the houses, you can throw a glance at the interior and see ladies reading their favorite books accompanied with a glass of wine or hot tea, elder man rushing to finish the daily newspaper or kids caressing their pets and playing around.
Pärnu is a calm city which somehow makes me falling in love with. Although I miss crowds sometimes, I really like the tranquility it brings.
People here are a bit cold though and their face expression seems so serious and angry. When you get to know them better, they are fine, well, normal human beings I guess! I met one of my neighbors and she tried to speak a bit in Russian with me and it was really nice. But, for example, some days ago I saw another of my neighbors. She gave me a look saying ”What are you staring at?” and I was all confused and didn’t know if to greet her or not, but I did what they do – I didn’t care. So yes, I guess here, I am going to learn how to acquire a ”don’t give a damn” attitude. Yeah, Estonians are not very emotional and seems like smiling is not their favorite activity and hugging either. This makes my stay here a bit like… ”blaaah”, but all in all I am happy to be part of something new and different.