Lahemaa National Park – Estonia’s Boggy Natural Wonderland

A highlight of my Baltics sojourn was a day in rain-soaked Lahemaa National Park, tucked into the northeast coast of Estonia. A pocket of boulder-studded coastline, crumbling Soviet submarine bases, haughty German baronial manor houses, and primordial bogs, this national park deserves more than a day trip from Tallinn. Accompanied by Kaur, an Estonian grad student of history, two holidaying lawyers from Switzerland, a laid back German student of biology, and a couple from France, we knit into an unlikely family by the end of the day, cemented by bog hikes, a persistent rain, and the child-like joy of eating strawberries and blueberries fresh from the forest floor. Someday I’m coming back.

To view my photo slide show, click on the link below. Happy viewing!

Lahemaa National Park

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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One Response to Lahemaa National Park – Estonia’s Boggy Natural Wonderland

  1. Ginger Ray says:

    Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I hope you enjoy the extra little bit of sunshine sent your way today. To find out more about the award please check out my blog at: http://dailylifewithfibromyalgia.com/2012/08/10/sunshine-award/

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