Most evenings and weekends are spent with family or friends. Families with children
often spend weeknights in the home eating dinner and finishing school work. Weekends
and vacation times are occupied with any number of things depending on a person's
individual tastes and interests. Vacation days are generous in Estonia and people
love to use their weekends and vacation times with family in the city, out in nature,
exploring a new place, or just relaxing at home. During the warm summer months it's
common to get outside, especially considering the long dark winters when many people
feel trapped inside for months.
The nightlife in Estonia is somewhat calm, but in Tallinn there is a noticeable
night life as restaurants, bars, and dance clubs can be found. These places are
often visited by young singles, but restaurants also fill up with families. During
the longest day light days of the year it seems everyone is outside celebrating.
Estonians identify as Estonians, which is a term generally defined by their ethnicity,
language, and their history. Estonia has been under foreign
rule through much of time and, while this has encouraged nationalistic feelings,
it has also stolen much of who the people once were. Due to this, the ethnic Estonians
are proud of their ethnicity, language, foods, culture, and anything that makes
then unique. The term Estonian is also tied to these ethnic and cultural differences,
not the country; a person of a different ethnicity living in Estonia (such as an
ethnic Russian) is generally not included in this definition, but is instead identified
by their ethnicity.