This is my grandmother Maria at her home in the countryside. She’s 90 years old. She lives near the southern Estonian-Russian border. The village is small and located on the Russian side. It’s in a region called Setomaa, inhabited by Seto-speaking Setos. She is among the few native Setos along with her brother, who lives in a village nearby. Her children and relatives visit her quite frequently when she’s there. She lives there only during the summer, that’s because of her age. I know that in her heart she would love to be home all the time. I’m planning to visit her this summer.
featured in romka # 7, 2012