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Hello, guys!

Long time no see (again)!

So I've finally moved to Estonia... enjoying my time here quite a lot! I am taking so many photos, I didn't share any yet because pfffff SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED before and after arriving...

Among other things, my computer died so no updates obviously, and of course I had to spend quite a lot of time taking care of my documents to stay in the country, travel, find a place to stay in, go to class in the university... also, I was finishing my Practicum, before that I was in new teaching practices until Xmas, and before I was in my intensive courses... yeah I've been very busy these last months (and years) at least now I am enjoying my time here in Tallinn!

I live in the capital but also went to other parts of Estonia, Helsinki, St Petersburg, some places in Lithuania and Latvia, Norway, Sweden... and next year I'll be living in Bulgaria, and of course I plan to travel around the place and to the neighbour countries as well... this is a dream becoming reality for me, I am so happy to be living and traveling with the other international students, I am learning so much, enjoying so much, I can feel how my mind and soul become "bigger and bigger"!

Of course right now I'm focusing on taking advantage of my time abroad so, still in hiatus from my regular cosplay and drawings activity here... however, even abroad and all, I still NEED to draw regulary I can't live without it, so you can follow MY BLOG carmenmcs.blogspot.com/ for updates on "little stuff" like sketches, art classes stuff, photos and review of my trips, etc.

So, obviously until I return to my country my projects will go slowly... but steady.



Well then, nothing else to say, that's long enough!!!

Thanks for reading,
sorry for the long hiatus,
but will still keep in touch!


--- CarmenMCS

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A-Broken-Flower Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Writer
have fuun~<3 i look foreword to your uploading, not mater how spread out or slow i will keep stalking them~<3~<3 XD and Estonia eh? im so jealous T~T i love that country.

and i see how it can be a dream come true~ ^^ i bet it is amazing eh?
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I am so sorry for such late reply, I am just finished with all of my exams and projects, vacations yeah! XD

Yes, it really is an experience for life, it changes you forever, and even if you still need to study and work, its also a bit like a long break before coming back to "reality" lol

I have only one month left, but I still have looooots of work back in Spain, so I guess I will still be slow with my updates, especially when it comes to drawings lol... but hopefully I will take many cosplay shots this summer, and soon I will start to show my pictures from Estonia and the trips to other countries, and talk about my experiences in my blog etc. I NEED TO SHARE WHAT I HAVE INSISDE!!! XD
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A-Broken-Flower Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Writer
it perfectly fine, i understand.

XD that's awesome, it really is...

That will be amazing, and i am fine with waiting you work is worth it and so are you.
I bet you got amazing pictures of Estonia, i'm still jealous you got to go to my favorite country, but oh well X3
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I just wish it would stop raining JUST A BIT so I can go out and take photos of the bloomed nature at last XDDD
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A-Broken-Flower Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Student Writer
:giggle: did no one tell you how often it rains there?
XD i how you get some soon. x3
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well if Lithuania means "land of rain" there has to be a reason, and the other baltics are no different XD Yeah I knew but I still wish there is some sun one or two days so me and my friends can properly say bye to the city and take some photos XD
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A-Broken-Flower Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Writer
CX yeah and i think you know the reason now Eh? XD
Pictures in the rain?
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Maru-Vee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student
Glad you're doing well! Hope you have more fun with all your travailing. c:
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Kaoyux Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Me alegra mucho que hayas tenido la oportunidad de salir de esta ratonera española. Ahora si que vas experimentar en tu alrededor lo que es la educación y el respeto por los demás y por lo que te rodea. Yo también lo experimentaré de aquí a un tiempo por suerte ^^ Ya estoy harta de tanto estudiar, agachar el lomo y de tener carrera para luego no ser una persona dignamente recompensada (más que nada, porque no hay trabajo XD)
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya... fíjate cómo son las cosas, la gente de Bulgaria está deseando ir a España porque hay sueldos más altos blabla, y yo quiero quedarme en Bulgaria porque todo es tan barato que podría vivir de hacer commissions y vender doujinshis lol XD

Bueno, de momento estaré dos o 3 añitos así por ahí, pero después ya seré mayorcita y hay que empezar a cotizar y eso... veré si puedo quedarme en Barcelona o alrededores, y si no, ya se dónde iré... pero vamos que si lo se.

Suerte a ti también chiqui... al final harás lo de irte a algún hospital en el UK o algo? ^^
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Kochumba Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Aw, ¡cómo me alegra ver que te va bien! :D Pero me sorprende esto qué dices que "estarás viajando con el resto de alumnos"... ¿es que se trata de "clases móviles"? O.o (Si quieres, claro), podrías explicármelo, por favor? Es que estoy muy interesada en vivir y estudiar fuera de España, y algo tipo lo que me parece que estás haciendo tu es lo que más me llama la atención! :D

¡Ojalá todo siga yéndote igual de genial, puedas conocer mucha gente fantástica, vivir muchas experiencias y tomar muchas fotos! Y ojalá vayas teniendo tiempo de trabajar en otros proyectos de dibujo o cosplay n.n
¡Suerte!
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hola!

Bueno no todo es genial, tengo muchos problemas también como comenté, pero merece la pena, y de todas formas los problemas con compañeros de piso, con la burocracia, los ordenadores y demás están en todas parte (estando fuera es un poco más problematico resolverlos y te dejan más incomunicado pero... tampoco es para tanto, si eres responsable y paciente)

No, no son clases móviles ja ja ja Estoy aquí con una beca erasmus normal y corriente. Mis clases son en la ciudad de Tallinn siempre, en la TLÜ (Tallinna Ülikool), lo que pasa es que los alumnos internacionales viajamos mucho durante los findes y tal. Da la casualidad de que Tallinn es ideal para viajar fuera, porque claro llegar a los otros países bálticos es más rápido que lo que tardo yo en ir de Castilla-La Mancha a Valencia, Helsinki está a 80 km de Tallinn en barco, Estocolmo a 1 hora en avión, Oslo a un par de horas, y por supuesto es relativamente fácil ir a San Petersburgo -quitando el lío de pedir el visado y lo caro que es- También es fácil y rápido ir a Polonia, Alemania etc. desde aquí.

Hoy en día tampoco es TAN caro usar el avión, el mayor gasto es el alojamiento pero muchas veces vas en grupo, con ofertas, o en plan "hosters"... o incluso no hace ni falta alojarse porque, por ejemplo, a Helsinki podemos ir y venir en el mismo día con el barco por 33 euros, es menos de lo que me gasto yo en ir y volver de Madrid a Ciudad Real con el tren ave! XD Y aunque a los alumnos españoles la beca (el dinero en si) nos llega MUY TARDE, si estás en un país relativamente barato como este y a los caros sólo vas de visita, pues no te gastas tanto tampoco, te puedes apañar con ahorros mientras te llega la beca. Es una oportunidad única y aunque yo nunca me gastaría tanto dinero de golpe, también se que sólo lo podré hacer ahora!
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Kochumba Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Aaah, entiendo xD Es que me sonaba raro, como si fuerais en caravana o algo (que ¡eh! ¡Seguro que seria muy didáctico tomar clases mientras visitas distintos países!)

Si, los problemillas así andan en todas partes, imagino que también me los encontraré dentro de unos meses... Pero bueno, ¡paciencia e ir tirando! ò-ó
Realmente es muy, muy triste la mala gestión de las comunicaciones españolas... No sólo son caras, si no que también suelen ser malas y lentas con ganas!
Para ir de mi pueblo (cerca Gerona) a Barcelona, lo que me sale mejor es tragarme 2h de bus por 26€ si cojo ir/voler. Tremendo... u.u
Y bueno, el truquillo con el avión es tener disponibilidad y coger aquello que nadie quiere xD Luego puedes viajar a Japón por 300€... (vi el precio pero no pude tomarlas porque me enganchaban en exámenes, pobre de miii T-T)

¡Espero que puedas aprovechar muy bien esta oportunidad! ¡Ánimos y fuerzas des de la Península! :D
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
La próxima vez pilla el de Japón para ambas, que para los exámenes ya habrá otra convocatoria! XDDDDD

Gracias ^^ Ya pondré fotillas o algo... jo ahora me arrepiento de no haber traído ningún cosplay, Tallinn y alrededores son geniales ;A; Mira que lo pensé tanto, pero me dije "bah que no vas allí a eso y tampoco tendrás tiempo" pero sabía que me arrepentiría al final XDDD
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Kochumba Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Photographer
Siempre pasan cosas como estas xDD
Bueno, si tienes tiempo siempre puedes hacerte alguno, aunque sea de esos más "caseros", ¡y aprovechar!
Pero hubiese sido una buena idea tomarse alguna foto en la Plaza Roja con el de Iván, o de cualquier otro "hetario" del Este en su país natural xD
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CharmingYuuta Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist
en estonia?! que haces en estonia? OAO
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
COMPRAR CIGARRILLOS Y ALCOHOL BARATOS SIN IMPUESTOS XD

No, estoy aquí con una beca Erasmus XD
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isabellaluna Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Writer
I'm an american living in singapore, and i'm lucky enough to be able to speak my own language XD I had absolutely no choice in the matter but i love going to an international school and being able to visit places in asia.
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too, I am sad to say that I am not learning any Estonian because everyone here speaks English, even most old people can communicate with you in English... and in the supermarket and stuff, this is Estonia they are famous for being the country of technology, you don't even need to speak to anyone to pay, crazy XD
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Karuka-Ikashi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds exciting!
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I AM WRITING BAD ENGLISH TODAY XD
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
What an awesome opportunity. I wish you all the best over their in eastern Europe and take plenty of pictures. :thumbsup:
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a whoooole lot, REALLY ^^
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I am really glad for you. Just stay safe and don't eat too many perogies. :D

P.S. Dang I used the wrong "there" in my previous comment. I speak English as a first language for crying out loud! :ohmygod:
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
B-BUT PEROGIES ARE TOO GOOD NOT TO EAT THEM!!!!!! XD
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xXAi-No-NaiXx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
daaam lucky!! what does it take to become an international student if i may ask
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In my case, languages proficiency, excellent marks, saving money for years, sweat, tears, sacrifice, and not giving up even if I was frustrated that year after year my mafia-like university would give the international grants to people they know instead of giving it to the best students... but, for some other people, just good luck would do XD Like for example, in Finland they have free university, but they still get loans and grants to study so they don't need to live with their parents even though they are still studing.

I got a Erasmus grant, and after months of waiting I am FINALLY getting some of the money they promised... until now, I had to pay everything, and thanks god my parents are helping, otherwise it would be impossible for me to be here!

But I really think it was all worth after all.
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xXAi-No-NaiXx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam :o
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hey as I told you, for many people is much easier than for me. It depends of your country and university, of your family situation too, all of that you know. So don't give up!
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xXAi-No-NaiXx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*unsure* y-yeaaa i'mma try my best!
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silentcamellia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i hope my life will be like that!!! i've always wanted to travel abroad and see the world!!
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It got me 25 years to do this... so just be patient, learn your languages, and save lots of money XD
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Marikokitty Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oooo sounds like a lot of fun ^o^
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CarmenMCS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ha ha yes, but I had many problems to... I'll talk about it on my blog when I can XD
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