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My first few days in Estonia

 

After my arrival in Estonia at the end of August, I had to discover my new town. Fortunately, the Tallinn University’s student union is very active in integrating the Erasmus students in the beginning of the semester. Thus, a city tour was organized by the ESN (Erasmus Student Network). Tallinn is a fortified town. Its fortifications are classified as an UNESCO World Heritage site. I don’t explain the Tallinn history here, I will write a paper on this topic later on. This visit, made by Estonian students, was an opportunity to discover the city and its highlights. It was also a nice way to meet new students, to speak about their countries and discuss about our hobbies. Besides, I was (falsely) surprised to hear certain cliché about French people: our supposed rudeness or strange food (frogs for instance)! The local students told us good addresses for eating Estonian and showed us several student pubs.

Like any other individual coming in a new country, I had to obtain the indispensable papers (especially the Estonian ID card offering free transportation). The administrative procedures to get this car can resemble an obstacle course. The applicant has to go to the police station of his district, wait two weeks and then go to a big administrative building. Three weeks later, the card is available. It permits to get transportation for free and several discounts (for food, for instance). Fortunately, I made these formal representations with other Erasmus students, thereby facilitating the process.  

 

 

For the scholarship the procedures were also complicated. We had to make several cards: ESN cards, student card, library card… Each time we needed ID photo, thus I came several time at the photo booth. All these actions were essential to become this new year serene and in complete confidence.

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