|Forest at Viru Bog, Estonia
Encompassing bogs, beaches, manors and bays, Lahemaa National Park is Estonia’s first and largest national Park. Our first stop is Viru Bog, where we wander through a type of forest completely foreign to a mid-Missourian (massive trees and limited underbrush), until we get to the edge of the bog.
|Wooden-plank pathway through Viru Bog
|Viru Bog from the Viewing Tower
|Interior of Restaurant
|Rustic Restaurant in Estonia
Leonore brings me a drink that I can only describe as barley juice.
|Some sort of Estonian Frog
|The Grassy Coast
|Rocks scattered along the beach
|Boat near the Estonian Coast
|Rosehips growing near the beach
|Trees along the coast
Leonore points out a large pile of rocks, and explains that I can add my own and make a wish. Leaning against a gnarly tree, watching swans swim in frothy blue waters, at first I’m at a loss at what I could wish for. Then again, I think, and picking up a fist-sized stone, I place it at the base of the mound.
|The Rock/Wish Pile
1. Boil potatoes until tender (about 20 minutes) 2. Cook oatmeal in heavy cream (steel-cut oats will take longer than quick oats) 3. fry or bake 2 slices of bacon until crisp. 4. Peel potatoes (if desired) then blend with a food processor or hand-mixer until there are no visible chunks. 5. Mix in the heavy cream and quick oats. 7. Mince the bacon and fold into the potato and oats mixture. 7. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Chris Ciolli is a Barcelona-based writer, translator and artist with Midwestern roots. She shares her escapades as a Missourian in the world at Midwesternerabroad.com, and writes about Barcelona from a guiri-gone-native perspective at Barcelonaforidiots.com. A closet foodie and self-proclaimed art addict, Chris typically blogs about the drinks, eats and other cultural attractions she encounters on her travels. In her spare moments, she reads obsessively, slurps excessive quantities of coffee and tea, and plays with art supplies and kitchen tools. Oh, and travels as much as humanly possible.