Today is Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and the second day of our program.
It was an early morning for the group as we had a big day ahead of us! We woke up around 8:00am, ate breakfast (which was tough with so many choices), and consumed some much needed coffee. The group set out to our first activity of our program, where we would get to know each other a lot better. When we arrived we learned an interesting game called “bunny, bunny”, which provided a lot of laughs and gave us the energy that only the energizer bunny could do. If anyone wasn’t awake by that point, they certainly were after this “energizer”. The next activity was called “the chair” and this was our chance to ask people their deepest, darkest secrets. We learned that Argo is America’s greatest Estonian folk dancer and Elle performed a bird call worthy of mentioning in this blog post. It was a great way to get to know each other. The final activity was our chance to share our expectations for the program. Everyone seemed adamant about making friends and learning about the Estonian culture.
Afterwards, we walked over to the mall to have lunch and from there we got onto a very crowded bus and headed to the “Nõmme seikluspark.” It was an especially blustery day, which was not optimal for climbing trees (who would’a thought!). The first three obstacles allowed us to see each other climb through the course. It was cool because we could cheer and support each other. The last two trails were very difficult and much higher than the rest. Despite people persevering through the weather at this point, the cold weather and wind proved to be the biggest obstacle of them all. It took us around 3-4 hours in total to finish the course. Everyone did an awesome job getting through the obstacles and working together. Credit to those afraid of heights that did the course, you da real MVP(s).
A couple of the groups split up but we met up at St. Patricks for a nice, hot meal. For dinner most of us had chicken, potatoes and veggies, but for those non-meat eaters, they had a lovely pasta dish. It was a nice chance to catch up and talk about our adventures (literally) that day.
After dinner we came back to the apartment, which we now call our home. Our apartment is split up into three floors and we have 6-10 people living on each floor. There are 4 bedrooms with 2-4 beds in each room. We have a kitchen, two bathrooms, and most importantly… a sauna. The fourth floor is the biggest and thats where we congregated after dinner (see picture below).
Some people went to the supermarket and picked up “supplies” for the night. Others were exhausted from the climbing and went to bed. The warriors that remained celebrated our victory over the weather and trees. It was a fun evening spent playing games and chatting. Eventually everyone had enough and retired for the night. It was a great, fun filled day and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store.
Devin & Grethe