Five more days until I head off to Tallinn, Estonia, to spend some time writing and seeing old friends. I've rented a room from a friend of a friend in the heart of the old town and can hardly wait to go! Nine years ago I spent four months in Tallinn working on a novel and it was one of the great periods in my life. I made some good friends, hung out in the cafes of this charming medieval capital, played lots of soccer and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This will be the first time I've been back since.
I've spent quite a few summers away in various places, including London, Budapest, Ukraine and Australia (our winter). Usually whenever I go away for an extended period of time, it almost never fails that the swell of the year comes along within a week or two after I've gone. Being that I'm a surfer, it is hard to take when I'm thousands of miles away and have to hear all about it from friends and family back home. This time, perhaps it is a good sign that the swell of the year (so far anyway) actually arrived today. What a change that is! Now I'm happily exhausted after a day in the surf. I'll take that as a good omen for a promising summer ahead.