A University Town & Medieval Festival: Tartu Estonia Photos Posted

I added Tartu to my Estonia trip on a whim, solely based on two words: “medieval” and “university.” Of course, it was summer, so university was not in session and renovation work hid the historic Anatomical Observatory beneath wispy curtains of scaffolding as hammers rang out across Toomemagi. Instead, I enjoyed a lazy summer ambience of cafes and stately 18th century Neoclassical buildings soaked in sun. But beneath the imposing classical veneer of an age-old university world-renowned for medicine and physics lies a quirky side. Off-beat student drinking dens in flaking brick warehouses. Intricate little faces stare out from the sides of St. John’s Church, each one unique, watching you manuever the uneven cobblestones. And the annual summer Hansa Days, a weekend medieval festival that shook Tartu from her sleepy summer slumber into a riot of people, music, and dancing.

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

Tartu, Estonia


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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2 Responses to A University Town & Medieval Festival: Tartu Estonia Photos Posted

  1. brianmcgui says:

    Fantastic Blog.. wonder if this might be of some interest here are some excellent Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Abbey Medieval Festival which took place on September 15th 2012. http://www.paisley.org.uk 

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