Kind of familiar territory. I first visited in 2003 and then migrated in 2004 to Tartu.
I learnt all about the communicative content value of silences from my partner’s father whose languages are Estonian, German, Russian and Finnish, none of which as a TESOL specialist do I speak.
Sooner or later, once the critical mass of aspiring ex-patriate authors has been reached, an alternative to Petrone publisher’s ‘Minu’ series of foreign countries begs to be published. Best seller it might not be, but then neither are the English translations of the ‘memory’ competitions held in the 1990s. Fascinating, autobiographical experiences that have thankfully been written down and archived.