Well I have been in Tallinn for over a week now (unless you count the Thanksgiving trip to Lithuania). To let you all know what it is like, as well as some of the challenges that I am facing as I adjust, I thought I would just provide some observations that I have made this first week. Many of them will relate directly to the Republic of Georgia, since that is the culture that I just moved from. So here we go…
- Tallinn is much more technologically advanced than Telavi. In fact, it is a tech hub for Europe. Skype was invented here.
- Everything is electronic…cash is not really needed. That is a huge difference from the all cash society I am used to in Telavi.
- The people are very quiet. Mousy even. Since Georgians are loud, boisterous and very outgoing, this has been an adjustment. I am no longer the quiet one! Actually, I have begun to realize how loud and energetic I can be when talking…
- Estonians are rule followers. You can tell the foreign pedestrians from the Estonians by just watching how they deal with a crosswalk light when no cars are coming and it’s snowing. The Estonians will wait for the green light to cross. Foreigners will not. And back in Georgia…who paid attention to crosswalks?
- Driving is also much more civilized in Estonia. There are no crazy head-on drivers coming at you because they simply want to pass everyone else…no squeezing 5 lanes out of a three lane road…no parking on the sidewalk. Remember…they are rule followers.
And last but certainly not least…despite being one of the most unreligious nation’s in the world, the people are so hungry for God. They harvest is ripe…and I am so excited to be part of this season here. God is doing some great things in Focus Church, and in Estonia in general. Can’t wait to share more of it with you!