Name: Edvard Ljulko Age: 17 Country/City: Estonia, Tallinn School name: Tallinn Secondary Science School Star sign: Cancer I'm very active and curious. I like to learn about and do new things. As you can guess from the name of my school, I mostly study science subjects. We also have optional courses, such as maths and economics. My favourite subject is literature. In Estonia, every student must study at least two foreign languages. I study English and Russian. Many of my friends study French, German or Spanish. In my spare time, I go to cafes with my friends. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, has many beautiful cafes. I also like to play sport with friends. My favourite sport is running. I like to run in the park while listening to music on my MP3 player. It gives me a chance to stop thinking about the world and just concentrate on running and listening to music. I also like watching dramas, concerts and movies. On Mondays, there is a dance evening at school which I organise and attend with my classmates. I have a small family -there's just me and my mother. I also have a black cat. People in Europe used to think that black cats were evil, but that's changed. Everyone who visits us is very fond of our cat. Usually, we eat potatoes with sausages, or rice with chicken. We try to eat vegetables at every meal, as I believe they're very healthy. I don't have an idol. I believe that everyone has a different path in life path - we can't live the lives of other people. One of the most important festivals in Estonia is Jaanipaev. It falls on June 23, which is my birthday. On the night before Jaanipaev, Estonians light big fires and cook meat over them. Estonia is cold in winter, with a lot of snow. But the summers are sunny and warm. I'm very fond of travelling. I sometimes go on trips around the Estonian countryside, and I also go abroad. I've been to Egypt and many other countries, but consider Beijing to be the most interesting city I've visited. Last October, I travelled there as a member of the Estonian national team that competed in the International Astronomy Olympiad. The students and Chinese organisers I met there were fantastic. I still keep in touch with them. Meeting people from other cultures is interesting and fun. Getting to know China's culture and people was a special experience. Every day brought a new surprise. For me, one of the strangest things was the hand signs that people use to express numbers. Some of my teammates complained that they found the food in China strange. But I liked it - I tried every type of food I could get my hands on. If you want to make friends with teens from other countries, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Young Post will forward all e-mails to Edvard, but we can't guarantee a response.