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Found in Estonia

Found in Estonia

By Tiina Pärtel
Found in Estonia bi-weekly podcast is sharing conversations with foreigners who have made Estonia their home.
It’s here to inspire more open-mindedness, bring people together and turn "anonymous foreigner" stereotypes into real-life humans.
Foreigners are sharing their experiences, useful tips, recommendations, and hilarious thoughts about Estonians and life in Estonia.

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#58 Tiina Pärtel: good bye for now
Found in Estonia podcast episode #58 with Tiina Pärtel the creator and host of this podcast. It’s time for a break. This episode will go over What? Why? When? What else to listen to instead of this podcast? What was created with this podcast? And What else does the future bring? Tune in by listening and show your support and love in Instagram stories, FB comments, or directly by writing to * Purchase Epic Estonia cardgame here: * Thank you for listening! ❤️
June 03, 2022
#57 Michiel Oude Alink from the Netherlands to Estonia: Cycling in Tallinn seems horrifying and terrifying
Found in Estonia podcast episode number 57 with Michiel Oude Alink from the Netherlands.  Michiel shares how life can be outside of bigger cities. He explains why after growing up in the Netherlands and using his bike as a basic means of transportation, cycling in Tallinn just seems horrifying and terrifying. We also chat about:  *How did his relationship with Estonia got started by an online LOTR game? *Is taking your shoes off common in Estonia? *Eating potatoes and sandwiches *And how the Estonian language seems a bit sing-songy to him!  Listen to the whole conversation yourself and visit: for more episodes.  * Buy Epic Estonia cardgame here:
May 09, 2022
#56 Maiko from Japan to Estonia: without the mountains, the sky seemed too close
Found in Estonia podcast episode number 56 with Maiko from Japan.  Maiko is a Japanese-born music-loving woman. Unlike most of the previous podcast guests, she is living in a small city Pärnu, famous for its seaside. In this episode we chat about:  *How she met her husband back in Japan *What does she think about Estonian sushi and ramen places? *Why did she first feel like the Estonian sky is too close to her? *What do to in Pärnu during the winter, when all the people seem to be lost? *What's the deal with Estonians and grocery shopping? Listen to the episode and join our listener's community on: * Buy Epic Estonia cardgame here:
April 25, 2022
#55 Hande Akiman from Turkey to Estonia: Estonians are not aware that they live in a country better than two-thirds of countries in the world
Found in Estonia podcast episode #55 with Hande Akiman from Turkey.  Hande and her husband decided they are going to move to another country. So they started looking at the world map. 4 years later they enjoy living in Estonia a lot. She says she really feels happy in Estonia. Learn from the episode what makes her feel like that! Other topics we chat about:  * Is eating fish for breakfast normal? * Turkish hammam vs Estonian sauna? * Estonia the porridge country? * Turkish cuisines! * Why do Estonians compare themselves with the Nordics? - -> Join Found in Estonia monthly newsletter here: -> Buy Epic Estonia card game here:
April 11, 2022
#54 Nikola Kolev from Bulgaria to Estonia: your language is one of the best for singing!
Found in Estonia podcast episode #54 with Nikola Kolev from Bulgaria. Nikola is a professional musician, singing teacher, and voice-over artist with high energy and lots of stories to share. Get ready, grab your popcorn, and join Nikola's stories about: * how creating a sensational boy band brought him to Estonia * how he got into trouble with border control, because of reverse head motions they use in Bulgaria * way he raises his children to speak 3 languages properly * why is the Estonian language presumably one of the best for singing? - -> Join Found in Estonia monthly newsletter here: -> Buy Epic Estonia card game here:
March 28, 2022
#53 Piret Potisepp: founder of Tallinn Designtours
Found in Estonia podcast episode #53 with Piret Potisepp This episode is in collaboration with Tallinn Designtours.  Namely, Piret Potisepp is a well-traveled and active Estonian. She has lived in multiple countries and besides her daily job, she is the founder of Tallinn Designtours. In this episode we talk about:  *How did Piret's interest in design start? *What is special about her design tours? *How does she find designers to visit? *What does the future hold for the Designtours? Find more about the tours: * Join Found in Estonia podcast's email list:
March 14, 2022
#52 Ellie Shaw from Scotland to Estonia: same-sex marriages in Estonia, forest people and sauerkraut
Found in Estonia podcast episode #52 with Ellie from Scotland. Ellie Shaw decided to make Estonia her home after living in Scotland, Bulgaria, and United States. Being married to an Estonian gave her the advantage to blend in faster. We’re chatting about: How similar are Scottish and Estonian people Her secret to making snowy winters pleasant Is there anything special about being married to another woman while living in a country that doesn’t allow same-sex marriages? Secret benefits behind sauerkraut and sour creme? Why shouldn’t you never ask an Estonian for the best places to pick mushrooms? :O Listen in and join our chat! * -> Join Found in Estonia monthly newsletter here: -> Buy Epic Estonia card game here:
March 01, 2022
*EST* #51 Leonardo Ortega: kolides Mehhikost Eestisse: Kui lund sajab ütleb mu ema siiani: "Okei ole kodus ja ära mine välja!"
Found in Estonia podcasti saade number 51 koos Leonardo Ortega-ga Mehhikost. Külas on Eesti Rahvusvahelise Maja juht Leonardo Ortega, kes kolis Eestisse umbes 10 kastat tagasi. Täna jutustame me puhtas eesti keeles. Leonardo seletab, millega tegeleb Eesti Rahvusvaheline Maja ja kuidas Eestisse kolinud välismaalased sellest kasu saavad.  Lisaks jutustame teemadel: * Kuidas ta eesti keele selgeks sai? * Tema nipid eestlastega rääkima hakkamiseks? * 5 põhjust, miks välismaalased Eestisse kolivad? * Mida peab tema ema Eesti juures ohtlikuks? * Mis on Leonardo lemmik eestikeelne sõna? * Ootamatused Eestis lapse saamise juures? Eesti Rahvusvahelise Majaga saab ühendust siit: * Podcasti Found in Estoniaga saab ühenduda siin:
February 14, 2022
#50 Leonardo Ortega from Mexico to Estonia: Making life easier for other foreigners moving to Estonia
#50 Leonardo Ortega from Mexico to Estonia: Making life easier for other foreigners moving to Estonia Found in Estonia podcast episode 50 with Leonardo Ortega from Mexico. Leonardo is the head of the International House of Estonia, aiming to make life easier for all the foreigners moving to Estonia. He gives us a rich overview of what it means and how they do it.  We also chat about:  * Why does he like Estonian public transportation * What is a sauna-marathon * What makes Estonia safe * Mexican city called Tequila Get in touch with the International House of Estonia here:  Get in touch with the International House of Estonia here: * Get in touch with podcast Found in Estonia: 
February 14, 2022
#49 Ross Allen from the UK to Estonia: Living in Estonia as a British Ambassador
Found in Estonia podcast episode #49 with Ross Allen from the UK.  Ross Allen is the current British Ambassador to Estonia. He moved to Estonia in June 2021. Since then has joined a choir, passed B1 Estonian exams, has seen most of Estonia, met local troops, and met numerous Estonian politicians, including the previous and current Estonian presidents. We chat about his daily life in Tallinn and also: *How does he balance work, family, hobbies, language learning reading, and doing sports?  *Why did he join a choir here? *How does one become an ambassador? *What is the concept of the Mojito sea? *Things he enjoys and admires about Estonia? *His recommendations for others planning to move to Estonia? *Estonian sauna, dill, rugby, cricket, etc. -> Follow Ross on twitter: -> Join Found in Estonia monthly newsletter here: -> Buy Epic Estonia card game here:
January 25, 2022
#48 Melanie Güllich from Germany: I wouldn’t want Estonians to change
Found in Estonia podcast episode #48 with Melanie Güllich from Germany. Join in and listen to how Melanie compares Estonia with 4 other countries, where she’s lived in. *She gives a good overview of similarities and differences between Germans and Estonians. *encourages parents to trust their kids more, when it comes to settling in a new country *Gives her secret recipe of how she has made more friends in Estonia than in the UK, within a similar timeframe *Explains why she appreciates the safety in Estonia possibly most of all. *Shares restaurants you don’t want to miss * Join the monthly email newsletter here to not miss any updates: * Check out more about the game "Epic Estonia" on:
January 10, 2022
#47 Auste Cerniauskaite from podcast Living in Lithuania
Found in Estonia podcast meets Living in Lithuania podcast!  What thrives someone to make their own podcast? Why speak with internationals living in your country?  In this episode Tiina and Auste are chatting about how their podcasts got started and how is it going. What are the plans for New Year? What have they learned from making their podcasts and what have they learned in the process.  * Listen to the Living in Lithuania podcast here: FB page: * Learn about the game Epic Estonia: * Join Found in Estonia newsletter community to receive monthly updates:
December 27, 2021
#46 Nicole Dennis from USA to Estonia: raising children in Estonia, International Women's Club and Christmas
Found in Estonia podcast fascinating episode #46 with Nicole Dennis from the USA! “Going to the supermarket and seeing someone that looks like 7-8-year-old buying something - that cannot happen in the United States!” Nicole is the president of the International Women's Club in Tallinn. She says the most important thing when moving to Estonia is not to let the weather scare you. And as it turns out she might be now stuck with Estonian “päkapikk” traditions. In this energetic episode we’ll also cover: *What is the mysterious International Women's Club? *Are international school systems in Germany, Turkey, etc the same as going to school in the US? *What is she most excited to take with her from Estonia? *How different are the Christmas traditions in the US vs Estonia? *What is the “elf on the shelf tradition” about? * Join the monthly email newsletter here to not miss any updates: * Check out more about the game "Epic Estonia" on:
December 13, 2021
#45 Stefano Ellul from Malta to Estonia: his rules for Estonia, “island mentality”, UX design, and entrepreneurship
Found in Estonia podcast fascinating episode #45 with Stefano from Malta! For Stefano, it was a move to a lot bigger country with a lot more people, space, and nature. He says the main thing that has changed for him while living in Estonia is his "island mentality". Listen as he explains what it is. He gave himself one rule, when moving to Estonia, what was it and what happened with it? Is there a difference between doing UX or UI design in Malta or Estonia? And what do those short names mean anyway? What made Stefano's smile physically turn upside down? What are the differences between Estonia and Malta? This and more on the latest episode! * Check out more about the game "Epic Estonia" on:
November 22, 2021
#44 Benjamin André-Micolon from France: Estonians are living in the “Easy mode”
Found in Estonia podcast chat number 44 with Ben from France. Meet Ben! He is a passionate learner and creator - he co-curates the beautiful Instagram channel @EestiPaigad, which shares amazing locations around Estonia. We talk about how that came about. Also what is the process behind “getting the picture”. Wanting not to be just simply an employee - Ben shares his initiatives on the startup scene and what got him attracted to Estonia. Regarding the French language, we talk about the feminine and masculine differences in both languages, also the “you” vs “You” or “sina” vs “teie” expressions. And can you guess what is one thing, Ben says, that Estonia hasn’t been able to do better than French? * Write your feedback and sign up for monthly updates from our email community and next events on:
November 08, 2021
#43 Ahmad Hussein from Jordan to Estonia: architecture, Jordanian hospitality and Estonian honesty
Found in Estonia podcast chat number 43 with Ahmad Hussein from Jordan. *Story of how it took Ahmad 6 years to move to Estonia *How different can studying architecture be in Jordan and in Estonia? *Why are Jordanians pushy when offering food? *So Estonians are cold and extremely hot at the same time? *How can living abroad help him to discover himself? Get monthly updates from our email community and next events by signing up on:
October 26, 2021
#42 Nicole Pono Weimer from Hawaii to Estonia - researching Estonian goat cheese, making kimchi, and in search of Boulders
Found in Estonia podcast charming episode #42 with Pono from Hawaii! ☀️ Have you met anyone researching goat cheese making in Estonia? How much do you know about kimchi? Pono said she keeps telling Estonians there is more than just kimchi from Hiina kapsas! There are literally 200 types of kimchi! 😮 Can you believe after growing up in sunny Hawaii, she was still impressed by Estonian sunlight? Among these, we get to the bottom of:  *Is Hawaii a special place among Americans? *She came here under the impression, that Estonia is rich with boulders, did she got tricked? *What do Estonian and Hawaiian languages have in common? *Two things she would take with her from Estonia? *Three words how she describes her life in Estonia? Join our listener's email community over at the   
October 11, 2021
#41 Jacobina De Rivera from Mexico to Estonia: I wouldn’t be able to have this quality of life in Mexico at all
Found in Estonia podcast episode #41 with Jacobina De Rivera from Mexico! An episode full of energy, and fascinating topics! First off Jacobina is sharing her story which is a combination of *how she decided to live in Estonia after traveling to more than 70 countries. studying to get a Ph.D. in sexology, practicing to become a professional dominatrix, sharing her passion for the Burning Man festival, creating a project in Estonia called Secret Mexican Society, and yep few more things. Are you feeling intrigued? Awesome, then let’s jump in! * find out more about the podcast on:
September 27, 2021
#40 Olla Abbas from Sudan to Estonia: It’s all about having the right mindset
Found in Estonia podcast episode #40 with Olla Abbas from Sudan! Get ready to learn how Olla’s growth-oriented mindset works, already within the first 5 minutes of sharing her story! As she has taught herself how to find positive sides from the most annoying experiences with her passport. Being born and raised in Saudi Arabia with parents from Sudan, having lived years in Malaysia, and now settling in in Estonia - Most certainly means there’s a fascinating mix of stories she’s sharing with us in this episode! *Her take on comparing Middle Eastern, African, Asian, and European people with each other? *Why is she so excited about being able to binge on strawberries!? 😄 *What is Sudanese bakhoor? *Why can’t she keep black bread at home? *Exclusive insights to the book she is writing 🤫 * Don’t miss out on any of the episodes, by sharing our email community on:
September 13, 2021
#39 Iverson Ng from Hong Kong to Estonia: Estonians and Hongkongers have more similarities than differences
Episode #39 from Found in Estonia podcast with Iverson. He moved to Estonia 4 years ago from Hong Kong and is truly passionate about Estonia. He likes how exotic Estonia feels. Its mixed influences, the difficult language, and people’s connection with nature. Since he is speaking 5 languages, (Estonian included) he is emphasizing how much he has had to put himself in uncomfortable situations to achieve that. We also chat about: *Life in Hong Kong *His favorite Estonian TV-shows *Which singer made him fall in love with Estonia? *Similarities between Hong Kongers and Estonians? *What makes him like Estonian winter? *Coconut and peach culture *Food Links that are mentioned in this episode: The Baltic Ways legacy in Hong Kong exhibition - Book recommendation: “Minu Hong Kong” by Teele Rebane *
August 30, 2021
*EST* #38 Iverson Ng: kolides Hongkongist Eestisse: Hongkonglased jalutavad kiiremini kui eestlased
Found in Estonia podcasti suveseeria erisaade, kus jutustan, Eestis elava, Hongkongist pärit Iversoniga eesti keeles. Iverson jagab oma lugu, kuidas ta 4 aastat tagasi Eestisse kolis. Tänu millele ta oma eesti keele oskust arendanud on. Mis talle Eesti juures meeldib. Kuidas talle kohupiimakooki süüa meeldib. Hongkonglased vs eestlased. Rääkisime Iversoni kogemustest pikemalt ka inglise keelses episoodis ehk: episood 39 - kuula ka seda! See saade on erisaade eesti keelsete külalistega sarjast Found in Estonia inglise keelses taskuhäälingus. Tavapäraselt on igas saates külas mõni välismaalane, kellega jutustame inglise keeles - kuula ka neid! * Lingid, mida mainiti: Hongkongi keti näitus (inglise keeles) - Raamatu soovitus: “Minu Hongkong” autorilt Teele Rebane * Found in Estonia podcasti ja meie tegemiste kohta, uuri lähemalt:
August 30, 2021
#37 Katerina Chantzi from Greece to Estonia: Greek people are like peaches and Estonians like coconuts
-> Link to the birthday party: Episode #37 from Found in Estonia podcast with lovely Katerina Chantzi. She is bubbly, talkative, and a great storyteller. She's been living in Estonia for 4 years. Katerina is passionate about social entrepreneurship, environmental and educational fields. We chat about: How can one learn the Estonian language in 4 months? What can you experience while spending two years living in Tapa? Why you shouldn’t move to Tallinn, when you first come to Estonia? What does it mean Estonians are like coconuts and Greek people like peaches? How language learning books and courses in Estonia are gender-stereotypical? her passion for recycling and social entrepreneurship How come is Jäneda her favorite place in Estonia? Why was she certain, that she won't survive her first winter in Estonia? Links that are mentioned in the episode: * Green Month at Tallinn University * Coconut/Peach article in Found in Estonia blog: *and the one Katerina wrote: * Katerina's social enterprise: *
August 09, 2021
*EST* #36 Katerina Chantzi: kolides Kreekast Eestisse: Sul on parem kui tuled Eestisse elama maakohta!
-> Link sünnipäeva peole: Found in Estonia taskuhäälingu eestikeelne erisaade number #36 külaliseks on Katerina Chantzi, kes on pärit Kreekast ja elanud Eestis juba 4 aastat. Räägime Katerinaga eesti keeles.  Juttu tuleb:  Kuidas jõuab Kreeka noor elama ja töötama Tapale? Kui erinevad on kreeklased ja eestlased? Kuidas kiiresti eesti keel selgeks saada? Mida tähendab, et kreeklastel on alati templeid vaja? Mida sinu peaksid teised välismaalased teadma Eesti kohta? Rääkisime Katerina kogemustest pikemalt ka inglise keelses episoodis ehk: episood 37 - kuula ka seda! See saade on erisaade eesti keelsete külalistega sarjast Found in Estonia inglise keelses taskuhäälingus. Tavapäraselt on igas saates külas mõni välismaalane, kellega jutustame inglise keeles - kuula ka neid! Kui sa tead veel kedagi, kes sobiks selle saatesarja külaliseks, anna märku, kirjutades email aadressile: * Found in Estonia podcasti ja meie tegemiste kohta, uuri lähemalt:
August 09, 2021
#35 Hesam YR (Säba) from Iran to Estonia: The energy, the Estonians give you when they see you are trying to learn Estonian is really worth trying
Full-length chat with Säba, who moved to Estonia from Iran. He has lived here 10 years, knows his way around, and also speaks fluent Estonian. We chat about: differences between Iran and Estonia how he can still remember the feeling he had when he first arrived in Tartu Estonian food How do enjoy Estonian winter Mastering Estonian language Secrets of not getting lost, while trying to become a local This episode is part of the special Estonian-languaged episode series with foreign guests, who also speak fluent Estonian. So get inspired and listen to the previous episode #34, where we chat with Säba in Estonian, and he shares more of his story, experiences, and thoughts over there! If you know anyone else, who could be great for this special series, write to: and let us know! * Find out more about Found in Estonia podcast here:
July 26, 2021
*EST* #34 Hesam YR (Säba): kolides Iraanist Eestisse: eestlased näevad tänaval välja, nagu oleks nad peol
Found in Estonia taskuhäälingu eestikeelne erisaade number #34 külaliseks on Säba, kes kolis Eestisse elama Iraanist ja on elanud siin juba 10 aastat. Arutleme Säbaga: * kui palju erinevad omavahel Iraan ja Eesti * milliseid soovitusi on tal eestlastele, kes tahavad välismaalastega suhelda * mis talle Eesti juures eriti meeldib * See saade on erisaade eesti keelsete külalistega sarjast Found in Estonia inglise keelses taskuhäälingus. Tavapäraselt on igas saates külas mõni välismaalane, kellega jutustame inglise keeles - kuula ka neid! Kui sa tead veel kedagi, kes sobiks selle saatesarja külaliseks, anna märku, kirjutades email aadressile: * Found in Estonia podcasti ja meie tegemiste kohta, uuri lähemalt:
July 26, 2021
#33 Aili Vahtla from USA to Estonia: growing up as Estonian American
Hop on board, because it’s time to make a trip again! This time to… Estonia? 😎 Aili Vahtla grew up in the United States as an Estonian American. So she always knew what Estonia is and what are its people like - or did she? She’s sharing her fascinating story, how she spent her weekends as a patriotic Estonian, and her every day as an American. Listen from herself how it all played out! her story, growing up as Estonian American comparing living in Narva, Tartu, and also in a farmhouse. overview of sorority and fraternity system similarities and differences things she appreciates in Estonia her tips for learning the language This episode is part of the special Estonian-languaged episode series with foreign guests, who also speak fluent Estonian. So get inspired and listen to the previous episode #32, where we chat with Aili in Estonian, and he shares more of her story, experiences, and thoughts over there! If you know anyone else, who could be great for this special series, write to: and let us know! * Find out more about Found in Estonia podcast here:
July 12, 2021
*EST* #32 Aili Vahtla: väliseestlasena Ameerikast Eestisse: Siin sa ei pea pingutama, et eestlane olla.
Found in Estonia taskuhäälingu eestikeelne erisaade number #32 Aili Vahtlaga, kes kasvas üles väliseestlasena Ameerika Ühendriikides. Ja on nüüdseks juba peaaegu 10 aastat elanud Eestis. Selles osas suhtleme eesti keeles, järgmises ka inglise keeles. Aili elas justkui topelt elu - nädalavahetuseti ta reisis ta erinevate osariikide vahel, et tegeleda kõigega, mis on Eestile iseloomulik ja nädala sees nautis hoopis kohaliku ameeriklase elu! Rääkisime tema taustast! Miks ta tahtis hoopis Kanadasse kolida? Kuidas ta Eestisse ära armus? Millised on Eesti eelised, millest ameeriklased ainult unistavad? ja palju palju muud! * See saade on erisaade eesti keelsete külalistega sarjast Found in Estonia inglise keelses taskuhäälingus. Tavapäraselt on igas saates külas mõni välismaalane, kellega jutustame inglise keeles - kuula ka neid! Kui sa tead veel kedagi, kes sobiks selle saatesarja külaliseks, anna märku, kirjutades email aadressile: * Found in Estonia podcasti ja meie tegemiste kohta, uuri lähemalt:
July 12, 2021
#31 Daniele Monticelli from Italy to Estonia: Don’t be scared of your basic knowledge of Estonian and try to use it as soon as you can!
Found in Estonia podcast episode #31 with Daniele Monticelli, who is a professor of Italian Studies and Semiotics at Tallinn University.  He has lived in Estonia for more than 25 years  Speaks fluent Estonian Has so many ideas about how to make Estonia from a great place to live even better place to live! Shares his tips for other Estonian expats  And how did he manage to learn the Estonian language without taking any language courses!? This episode is part of the special Estonian-languaged episode series with foreign guests, who also speak fluent Estonian. So get inspired and listen to the previous episode #30, where we chat with Daniele in Estonian and he shares more of his story, experiences, and thoughts over there!  If you know anyone else, who could be great for this special series, write to: and let us know!  * Find out more about Found in Estonia podcast here:
June 28, 2021
*EST* #30 Daniele Monticelli kolides Itaaliast Eestisse: Olen olnud ka väga kriitiline, aga see ei tähenda, et ma ei armasta seda riiki
Found in Estonia taskuhäälingu eestikeelne erisaade number #30 Daniele Monticelliga, kes on Itaalia õpingute ja semiootika professor Tallinna Ülikoolis. Ta on elanud Eestis üle 25 aasta.  Suhtleb soravas eesti keeles. Jagades oma lugu, kuidas ta Eestisse jõudis ja siinsete kogemuste, toob ta mitmeid näiteid, mis võiks Eestis veel parem olla ja ka paljusid asju, mida ta Eesti juures enim armastab. Ta vastab küsimustele: Kuidas ta eesti keele ilma keelekursustel käimata selgeks sai? Millised on eestlased võrreldes itaallastega? Kuidas suhtuvad eestlased välismaalastesse? * See saade on erisaade eesti keelsete külalistega sarjast Found in Estonia inglise keelses taskuhäälingus. Tavapäraselt on igas saates külas mõni välismaalane, kellega jutustame inglise keeles - kuula ka neid! Kui sa tead veel kedagi, kes sobiks selle saatesarja külaliseks, anna märku, kirjutades email aadressile: * Found in Estonia podcasti ja meie tegemiste kohta, uuri lähemalt:
June 28, 2021
#29 Enlik Tjioe from Indonesia to Estonia: The hardest part was to explain my parents, where is Estonia.
"I don’t have difficulty pronouncing Estonian words!" - Did you know Indonesian and Estonian language have the same pronunciation - at least that's what Enlik says 😅 Meet Enlik, a young, energetic and ambitious guy from Indonesia. His passions are data, computer games, podcasts, and exploring Estonia. One weekend going to plant trees, the next recording his own podcast, and in between discovering new hiking trails somewhere along the way.  *What's the difference between living in Jakarta and Bali?  *How did working in Australia helped Enlik to move to Europe? *How to meet Estonians during COVID restrictions? *Why did he start to appreciate potatoes more than rice?  Click play and listen further.  Listen to Enlik's podcast here: * Find out more about Found in Estonia podcast here:
June 10, 2021
#28 Tiina - what's up with Found in Estonia podcast?
Special day = special episode! *Where did Kaisa disappear?  *What kind of episodes are coming up?  *Any collaborations in the air?  *Anything else happening with Found in Estonia podcast? *Any get-togethers? Good that you asked, 'cause Tiina is  answering it all in the special solo episode 😎 Listen and join the email newsletter on  And get in touch if you have any collaboration ideas! -> 💕
June 04, 2021
#27 Alex Bitskov from Narva to the world and back to Estonia: I like when things are difficult
Alex is a special guest on Found in Estonia podcast!  He is an Estonian who was born in Narva and moved to the UK when he was 12. Alex spent 4 years working in Japan, 1 year helping to build up a language school in Malaysia. Through the years has launched 4 startups and is now living and working back in Narva, Estonia. He loves challenges, design, startups, Japanese culture, Estonian nature, and the startup world. Even though he doesn't speak Estonian, he thinks Estonia is amazing and has lots of cool stuff.  Wondering why he moved back to Narva? Listen to our chat to find out!  Quote from Alex: "Also expats, if you’ve been here, in Estonia, over a year and haven’t visited Narva, then what are you doing?" * Alex mentioned: AR Narva app: * Join our listeners community on:
May 22, 2021
#26 Brothers Joy and Jessi Verano from Peru to Estonia: I think that in Peru we should know more about Estonia
Something special - not only one guest but two! :O  Joy and Jessi are brothers who have lived in Estonia 8/10years and have few things to share! They're both passionate about the finance world, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and building businesses. Besides that they are super impressed with Estonian nature, love walking in the forest or in the bog, winter swimming, and yes sauna as well! Not only do we talk about Estonia, but they share their TOP must-know-about-Peru facts and explain how can one catch a bus in Lima and what's up with their “Two hour consideration rule”?   * Enjoy the episode and reach out on 🥳  
May 07, 2021
#25 Avishek Tarun from India to Estonia: I applied to 300 different job offers, before moving to Estonia
This time we're heading to India or to be more exact India is coming to us through a highly energetic young guy Avishek Tarun! 🥳🥳 He introduces himself as a simple data guy - but what does it mean? It's quite remarkable, that Avishek spent 3 years and filled in over 300 job applications since he already knew, he wants to move to Estonia (or to Berlin)! We'll hear what's up with frozen veggies or the lack of them in India, how Indian people distinguish between spicy and hot foods. How do Indian people plan their time without using a calendar? And how he had to relearn how to make compliments in Estonia 😅 *
April 23, 2021
#24 Andrew Sai from Ghana to Estonia: I love the sauna!
Listen to Andrew sharing why Africans never sleep in a tent, how does the naming system function in Ghana. Why does Andrew like the cold and sauna in Estonia? How did he survive his first winter in Estonia, when the heating broke down? How did he manage to study and work full time? What are the differences in school systems in Ghana vs Estonia? What are the staple foods in Ghana? How does he enjoy winter sports here? And most importantly why did he prefer moving to Estonia instead of Australia? Let’s find out! *
April 09, 2021
#23 Eunice Bolanle from Nigeria: My children like it because there is snow!
Eunice is a bubbly soul with a love for African food and entrepreneurship. She says Nigerian people are happy people and you should approach them more to get to know them better! We talk about how Estonia is the first country, where she traveled outside of Africa. Why she decided to stay here. What does she think about Estonian foods, are there any similarities between her native language and Estonian? Her first experiences with snow, sauna, and much more! Join in and let’s travel to Nigeria! *
March 26, 2021
#22 Nikki Tan from Singapore to Estonia: The air in Estonia is impossibly clean
Listen to how Nikki explains what it’s been like to travel the world as a digital nomad and how is it different from being a slow nomad.  Why after living in Estonia for three years, she still appreciates Estonian air quality and how clean it is! She loves the sauna in her apartment (despite coming from a warm country), and tells why it’s hard to eat green leafy vegetables in Estonia. She is amazed by our sour creme and dairy selection and compares it to tofu choices in Asian countries.  You might also ask, what’s up with giving our red envelopes and tangerines when you visit someone? And even if you didn’t ask it - we will talk about it! :)  So stay tuned and enjoy hearing Nikki’s story! Join in and let us know, what you learned from this episode!
March 12, 2021
#21 Mihaela Benedicitie from Moldova to Estonia: even if you move to Antarctica, you know you are a Moldovian!
How can one Moldovian woman, who has lived in Estonia for 6+ years, say that she doesn’t feel like an Estonian, rather “Kohilane”? *Why you shouldn’t go hitchhiking in Moldova? *Is Moldova actually a giant Soviet-styled Escape room? * What does it mean, if you spit on Moldovian field something is pound to grow? * If being naked in a sauna was easy for her, what was the hard part? Come and enjoy Miha’s very lively personality explaining how she first moved to Estonia. Starting to live in a village with just around 3000 people altogether, is it worth it? Miha has a very colorful way of explaining everything to us, starting from the languages used in Moldova. Then sharing her transforming journey from studying architecture, learning woodworking, and now being immersed in Fin-tech and the world of numbers. Join in and let us know, what you learned from this episode! *
February 27, 2021
#20 Viktorija Domarkaite from Lithuania to Estonia: Lithuanians are way too loud and eccentric
Listen to Viktorija sharing her passion for the jewelry world, giving insights into what it’s like to study in the Estonian Academy of Arts, how she got good at art history. How basketball in Lithuania has a similar meaning as singing in Estonia. Why do they talk with their pets?? And hey are Lithuanians and Estonians actually similar? 💎 check out Vikas jewelry line:  🥰 win a pair of QVIIN earrings, by posting an Instagram story, where you write, what you appreciate in your friends + tag @Foundinestonia and @qviin_jewelry 😍 *
February 08, 2021
#19 Ucha Vekua from Georgia to Estonia: I was 15 years old and I decided I want to organise a huge hip-hop party
Listen to our very bubbly chat with Ucha from Georgia. Ucha is passionate about startups, has contributed a lot to Garage48 and ESN networks, and focuses on building his own platform under the name Startup Ventures! He is a true activist, though at the same time a total introvert as he says. He shares how Eminem and hip-hop world kickstarted his journey to the startup world and living abroad. You’ll hear the inspiring story about how one project and opportunity took him to another! Today he’s lived in Estonia for 5 years and totally appreciates this opportunity! *
January 29, 2021
#18 Penelope Piip from Australia to Estonia: Being a red head I tend to blend in!
Listen to as we chat with a lovely lady Penelope Piip, who has lived in Tartu for nearly 16 years already! She has seen Estonia changing and developing from inside and outside. And her first impressions coming to Estonia from Australia, were: it’s like going back in time with these tiny highways :) Get ready to hear more about lace making and handicraft, her journey ending up in Estonia, how she became board member of Eesti Niplispitsi selts and whether she wears shoes indoors and much more! *
January 15, 2021
#17 Tiina and Kaisa - reviewing 2020 and going over all the episodes!
Time for a duo show! Tiina and Kaisa sending away year 2020, discussing what were their highlights this year and what are their plans for the next year! The majority if this episode goes over all the 16 episodes published! Tiina and Kaisa put themselves to the test and share what stood out to them from each episode! They share memories from behind the recording and things they can recall from the chats! Let us know if you can also remember all of these things and what would you add! Timestamps: 00:00 What were our highlights in 2020 12:14 - Revisiting all the episodes 1:03:11 - From which countries would we love to have our next guests? 1:05:35 - Things gained from making this podcast? 1:07:18 - What is something in your bucket list for 2021? 1:09:7 - Goals regarding the podcast! *
December 29, 2020
#16 Jameela Prits from Palestine to Estonia - "Estonians are living their own lifestyles, don’t think people will focus on you!”
We chat with Jameela about differences between Palestinian people and Estonians. She shares, how she learned to speak almost perfect Estonian, how she doesn’t think winters here are too harsh. She shares her love for mashed potatoes and explains as how she grew up wearing hijabi. Get ready for some Palestinian health hacks and hearing about traditional Palestinian wedding traditions. Let us know, what you enjoyed the most! *
December 18, 2020
#15 Marino Bresciani from Italy to Estonia - “Italians can absolutely work hard, the point is, we realise we don’t always have to.
Working in IT during the day and in the dance world during evenings. Marino started to appreciate Estonian food and the life in Tartu after living in Finland. He shares, how he turned his passion for latin dances into a blooming dance studio. What are the differences between Estonian introverts and Estonian extraverts. How different it might be to take care of some paperwork in Italy vs in Estonia. And Italian espresso vs Estonian coffee. Let us know, what you enjoyed the most! *
December 04, 2020
#14 John Avila from Colombia to Estonia - “Before coming to Estonia I was just a plain software engineer”

He says: "before coming to Estonia he was just a plain software engineer, .." Maybe his life changed after he started drinking kama with keefir for breakfast to blend in more or maybe it was thanks to the clever hack, how he learned to say the letter “Ö” in Estonian and probably getting into composing music had its contribution. We’ll find out through his highly entertaining stories. He also shares, why Colombian people are so intense in making eye contact. And how feelings in general are just not Estonian thing, except maybe, when it comes to our Singing festival. Then it’s a totally different story. Let us know, what you enjoyed the most! *
November 12, 2020
#13 Iryna Krepchuk from Belarus to Estonia
Iryna grew up in Belarus and moved to Tartu 6 years ago. We talk about Belarusian  language and its new wave, about how she uses Russian and English language in Estonia. We dive deep into her musical background. We talk about how much Estonians dislike talking on phones. We get into different local traditions Kadripäev, Mardipäev, Jaanipäev and the story of Tahma-Toomas - let us know, if you’ve heard about Tahma-Toomas before! And there are many more topics that we cover, so let’s start, enjoy! *
October 30, 2020
#12 Jaime Delgado - From Chile to Estonia
After living his entire life in Chile, Jaime decided it’s time to study abroad. After he convinced his parents, that yes this university he found on the other side of the world, is right fit for him, he did a little research, packed his bag and moved to Estona. First impressions after landing - wow, this country is so FLAT! Some other memorable impressions were seeing an Estonian hot dog for the first time, realising that his university building has its own sauna, people eating open sided sandwiches, not being able to find Pisco sour here and so much more. Click play to unfold the conversation! *
October 23, 2020
#11 Mathilde Roch-Penet - from France to Estonia
Mathilde is full of artsy vibes. She loves yoga, tattoos, travelling and Estonia. After her Erasmus year in Tallinn, she has moved away multiple times and always found her way back! Our laid back chat contained hilarious stories about sauna, 3-course eating habits in France, her first impressions about seeing Estonia's highest hill..  Stories behind her tattoos, how safe is it really to walk around in Tallinn, as a female, in the middle of the night. How she is constantly impressed, that you can see stars in the sky here and how she compares Estonians with jam and coconuts. Listen further in the episode itself! *
October 15, 2020
#10 Taavi Suikkanen - from Finland to Estonia

Taavi is from Finland or a guy without land, a European citizen? Yes, he’s going to elaborate on that. He is very open about, what annoys him about Estonia and Estonians. He shares his opinion about whether Estonians actually have their own standards, whether we should accept Russian language as our national language. The pressure of today’s society etc. Additionally he shares his views about HR and music industry. Listen further in the episode itself and enjoy! *
October 02, 2020
#9 Tati Beck- from Brazil to Estonia
Tati was living in Brazil, when 6 years ago, her boyfriend announced, that he is going to move to Estonia. She then read from Google, that Estonia is the best place in the world, to live surrounded by beautiful women. Well after reading that, her decision was easy, she decided she won’t let him move to Estonia alone. Now she says Estonia truly is a sweet spot and she really likes it here. Some things started finally making more sense here - like Santa wearing an actual winter coat and winter boots and Christmas songs being about snow. And something, that Tati was quite shocked about during summer time, was seeing people sunbathing in the middle of the street here. Listen further in the episode itself! *
September 24, 2020
#8 Ada Hisunova - from Ukraine to Estonia
Being born in Ukraine, she fell in love with Estonia and surprisingly came to learn Spanish language and literature here. She is so passionated about dancing, that, when seeing so many girls just waiting for guys to ask them to dancefloor, she decided, she’s going to learn the other side as well and now she’s giving dancing tips for men and women. She is crazy about Estonian pastry kohupiimatasku and she keeps a list of boardgames, that she has played or wants to buy. Oh and btw, her hair is pretty special too - one side of her hair is blue, other red! Listen further in the episode itself! *
September 17, 2020
#7 Shahab Abarjafari - from Iran/KKTC to Estonia

Being born in Iran, having lived in multiple countries and now having lived 8 years in Estonia, Shahab says for him Estonian culture is the perfect culture! He loves speed, cars, A.I., his cat and dog and most importantly the personality of Estonians and Estonian culture in general! He is the only computer vision scientist in the whole Estonia, he established the first and now the largest computer vision lab in the Baltics! He has a startup company: that analyses people based on how they express yourself in front of the computer. He has been elected as the best lecturer multiple times. He’s giving advice to Estonian Police, to many startups etc. And he was also the first person in Cyprus and in Turkey, who finished his Phd in 2 years time! Listen further in the episode itself! *
September 10, 2020
#6 Avery Schrader - From Canada to Estonia
Although Avery grew up in Canada, he still says his startup is Estonian - listen to his story of joining Estonian startup bubble and how he appreciates Estonian entrepreneurs supportiveness, especially how they give back to community. We also covered topics like: the Russian role on Estonia, between Estonian and South Western book salesmen, is his English getting worse here? Which summer hobbies do Estonians have and why does he think our cakes are weird :O - we really went deep with this chat let us know, what you remember from this episode! Listen further in the episode itself! *
September 04, 2020
#5 Buluthan Aktaş - From Turkey to Estonia
New homes can be find through Eurovision Song Contest - at least that turns out to be true for Buluthan. He moved here from Turkey. Among learning, that he now has his own candy here, he also discovered, that Asia is not the only place, where people enjoy eating plain rice. We’ll also make a deep dive into - are Turkish and Estonian languages similar? And how about Turkish and Azerbaijani? Listen further in the episode itself! *
August 28, 2020
#4 Rafiki Salieto - From Spain to Estonia
While watching TV in Northern Russia, Rafiki came to conclusion, that it’s his destiny to move to Estonia! He came here with a hobby, he had started, while living in Uzbekistan - visiting all the museums around him and boy, has he been committed! 200 different museum visits in Estonia and still going strong!? :O and he really says, there’s more to visit! On other topics - he now finds it hard to go to bars in Spain, is a fan of reflectors and made up a new term for Estonian drivers - ”complex of the first in line” - what does it mean? Well find out after pressing play button! *
August 20, 2020
#3 Chris Raastad - From USA to Estonia
Chris, our third guest, says he now feels somewhere between American and Estonian - “I'm never going to be Estonian. And I just, I don't make sense in America.” Turns out, all he needed to start taking Estonian language learning seriously, was to miss one train ride with his Erasmus friends. And thanks to singing in a choir, taking intensive language courses and bathing in “Estonian showers” as he calls it - he can now confidently add Estonian to one of the languages that he speaks. Listen more about, why he enjoys the minus degrees here, how he loves Estonian dairy products, about differences learning Estonian in Tartu vs in Tallinn and how he finds Estonian grocery stores relaxing. 😎 *
August 14, 2020
#2 Sandra Valle - From Mexico to Estonia
Even though the name does sound like Estonian, our guest for today is actually from far away Mexico. Nonetheless after living in Estonia for 10 plus years now, she has loads of interesting stories and observations about both of those countries to share with us. After living in Estonia for 10+ years, she can now honestly confirm her husbands description of Estonia - Estonia and Mexico are opposite. You’re feeling confused? Yep, so did Sandra. Listen to, why there are no SPA’s in Mexico, how Estonian can be used as a secret language, Sandra’s love for “heeringas” and why you shouldn’t smile too much during Estonian winters. Listen further from the episode itself! *
August 04, 2020
#1 Rufat Dargahli - from Azerbaijan to Estonia
Rufat feels home both at Tartu and Tallinn, but was actually born in a city of 4mil people, in Baku, Azerbaijan. We will hear how Rufat recognises Estonians on the street, how he already grew up with the love for potatoes, why the word “allahindlus” made him think all the shops in Estonia are religious! How he managed to get locked up in a local church. Also how Estonian weather is similar to Kinder surprise! Listen further from the episode itself! *
August 04, 2020
#0 Meet your hosts: Tiina and Kaisa
Get to know the hosts of this show - both speak at least 5 languages, have lived abroad multiple times and have introduced themselves and their country to others countless times. Hear how they describe, what being an Estonian means to them, what are their favorite memories growing up and what are they planing with this podcast.
August 04, 2020