Editor at taz.die tageszeitung, Northern Germany desk, Bremen
Host medium: Estonian Public Broadcasting in Tallinn Time of stay: Autumn 2016 Would like to report on: I would really like to report on the theatre group No99, but it will be touring through Belgium and France then. But where there’s one exciting performance group there is usually at least one more and I will find it. Then there are a few very unconventional comic artists, Triine Lille caught my eye, and Joonas Sildre. I’ll try to contact them. If all else fails, I’ll investigate the mystery of the Brotherhood of Blackheads of Reval: Hanseatic history. How I’ve perceived my host country until now: Conquered in the 12th century by a Catholic Bremen terrorist militia, how embarrassing, then Danes – Tal means Danish, linn means city –, Swedes, Russians, Soviets, freedom is sung, independent for exactly 25 years. The massive (and big sinister) neighbour is Russia. Digitalization must be extremely advanced in a state where people can vote via text messaging, public transport in Tallinn is ticketless, great! Whether that is so in Tartu – I’ve no idea. The university is there. Learning more Estonian than “tere” and “nägemist” – I'm afraid nothing will come of that. They even have different lengths in the consonants! Without being able to tell from the spelling. Cool. Lots of islands, lots of lakes, forests – and very, very few people.
His Tallinn exchange partner Greete Palmiste is reporting for the taz from Bremen.