"Also, I like that there are different types of scenario: from the Old Town to forests and beaches. I like languages as well, and I like that there are many foreigners. Moreover, I speak Russian as many people living in Tallinn do, so it is a great opportunity for me living here."
Among the languages he speaks, there is also Estonian. "I have a B1, almost B2 and that is enough to allow me to work and walk around", he says, "I like it even though it is a very difficult language and it takes a lot of time to learn it, but that is what I do. I can speak 4 languages in one day and this is exciting for someone that likes languages!" According to Ignacio, who started learning the language by taking Estonian classes and later decided to study it through self-teaching, it is necessary, more than useful, to being able to speak the local language to live here, especially if the plan is to settle in Estonia. And Ignacio seems to have clear ideas about his near future. "I want to stay and find a job. I want to work as a trainer in the gym, but for that you need to speak Estonian fluently."
The main challenge Ignacio faced moving to the Baltics was to create connections with the local people, but as soon as he started to speak Estonian he admits: "everything kind of switched and it opened many doors to me." Given that not too many foreigners are willing to study the local language, the fact that he was making efforts to learn it made the locals more friendly to him and as he says "it socially helped me a lot, because they could see I was seriously trying to get involved."
While improving his Estonian language skills and attending classes at the University of Tallinn, Ignacio finds time for a few jobs. In his "free time", the young Argentinian teaches English and works at a modeling agency. "Combining them is complicated because of the random time schedule of my classes, which does not give me time to get an 8 hour per-day job" he declared. Therefore, he found jobs that can fit his schedule and from which he can earn, "I can easily handle my students according to my time table, and I work in the modeling agency in the evening, when I'm usually off from university. And oh, I run pub crawls as well."
Ignacio's life is not only about classes and jobs, he really enjoys Estonian social life. He takes part in many social events organised by the Estonian community, such as the Viljandi folk festival, because he strongly believes that being involved in their social and cultural activities is part of the integration process.