Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Estonian Independence Restored

Estonia got its independence back on this date in 1991 after living under Soviet rule.

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Estonian Flag atop a structure in Tallinn from the 12th (I think) Century. 

I had the pleasure of visiting the country in May. It is friendly, clean, and proud. I'd go back there in a heartbeat.
In fact, I'd like to as my family lived on Hiiumaa Island while the country was under Swedish rule. I couldn't get there this trip, but there's always the future.
Among the joys of Soviet rule was children learned that everything good and right in the world came from Russia.
Our guide for a tour of Tallinn old city told us when he was in school his mother asked him one day what he'd learned.
He said he'd learned that the radio was invented by Patapoff.
She told him that was fine, son, and when it comes to the test you write that answer, but "it's important that you know it was Marconi."

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Today, 22 years after the country got shed of its oppressors, the people can laugh about the nonsense of those times and share their stories.
I hope everyone gets a chance to hear them and learn from them.
Happy Restoration of Independence, Estonia.


messymimi said...

Congratulations to them, and may there come a time soon when every country can share their story of gaining freedom from tyranny.

David Cranmer said...

That guide's mom was a wise lady.

Leah J. Utas said...

I long for that day, Messymimi.

David, she sure was.

Hilary said...

It's difficult to imagine living like that. A sense of humour and a knowledge of what's true must have brought them through a lot.

the Bag Lady said...

Happy Independence Day, Estonia!

solarity said...

Happy independence, Estonia, and may we all have some.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Theo said...