I hosted Richard & Pille( a couple) from Estonia for 2 nights. Actually, this is first time for me to meet Estonian, so this experience was so fresh for me.
Pilleriin Jukk (left) 20 years old, Richard Annilo (right) 21 years old from Tartu, Estonia.
They study computer science in Tartu university in Estonia. But they decided to study abroad at University of Seoul in Korea for 4 months. After that, they came to Japan for holiday.
They taught me some Estonian words. Such as
Aitah (Thank you)
Tere Hommikust (Good morning)
Tere Paevast (Good afternoon)
Tere Ohtust (Good evening)
They taught me some Estonian cultures.
They showed me their normal breakfast in Estonia. Thats oatmeal
They cooked oatmeal for breakfast. They told me that because its cheap and tasty. They bring oatmeal from Korea.
They put banana, milk and butter to make. Pille showed me smile when she finished cooking.
Happy breakfast time.
Kohuke. This is Richard favorite snack
Richard told me that Estonian likes singing. Then he showed me the event called [Laulupidu]
This is [Ta lendab mesipuu poole 2009] He told me that many Estonian goes to Capital from all over the country to join this event. According to him, there were so many people there so that he could not move at all.
Actually, Richard’s mother is music teacher!!
We talked about when we were small kids. Even though we are from different country, we have something in common.
For example, Richard & me both of us played Yugioh card game in childhood.
Both of us watched moomin too.
This is Tony from Moomin land, Finland.
I realized Anime & manga is worldwide.
Day 1 in Tokyo,Japan (Jan, 9th)
We walked around Shinjuku. But because Richard & Pille have traveled enough, they wanted to go in easy way. Then we went to a cafe and started having a chat.
We talked about their study in Korea or how they grew up in Estonia. I was so surprised that they were very mature and clever. I felt like I was talking to the same age as me. Richard told me why Estonia is the most atheist country in the world. I was overwhelmed that he said that my dream is to make the world better place.
After going back to my home, they felt pretty relaxed and comfortable.
Day 2 in Tokyo, Japan (Jan 10th)
Day 2, we slept untill 11 am because its Saturday. After eating oatmeal as usual, we went to a post office because Richard wanted to send Japanese post cards to Estonian friends. I was happy to assist him.
After sending post cards, we went to Akihabara which is famous for anime & manga because they have never been.
I took them to Akihabara main street. I hope they enjoyed.
We went to eat Udon and Oden. Even though they ate Udon in Korea, they are happy to eat in Japan too. I reccomend Oden because Oden is one of the most famous winter food in Japan.
We went to a cafe too. Pille showed me the best smile when she eats desert.
Even Though we spent 2 or 3 days together, I hope our friendship lasts forever. I really enjoyed staying with them to have a very heartfelt conversation. I look forward to seeing them somewhere in the world. We keep in touch!!! Aitah
It appeared as if Taka was doing everything he could to win Best Couchsurf Host prize, if there was such a thing. Every time we even briefly mentioned some inconvenience, he went out of his way to solve it. Sometimes even too much so 😀
He seemed genuinely interested in us and our culture but wasn’t too pushy about it. He let us rest in quiet if we wanted to and took us to places if we so desired.
He might as well be one of the best hosts I have thus far experienced.