BaFSA’s New Site!

We’ve created this new page to reflect our organization’s current cultural activities at IU.

Here is the link to our former site: http://www.indiana.edu/~bafsa/

-Caroline (BaFSA Webmaster)

Here are links to our other online presences: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/organization/bafsa – Our Student Organization Page

https://www.facebook.com/BalticFinnish/ – Our Facebook Page

http://www.indiana.edu/~ceus/ – IU’s Central Eurasian Studies Department Site

https://languageworkshop.indiana.edu/languages/index.html – IU’s Summer Language Workshop, where you can study several Baltic languages intensively!

https://www.facebook.com/finnishatiu/?eid=ARAmpOk0hbdkXUPVIlvmb9b0VG66h_n-YruqC3DHIi-JrF6QlIZiEVp_pTwom1-1433GtVbOk247zLWJ – Finnish at IU Facebook Page

Movie Discussion 4/30/21 Cooking Links

On April 30th, 2021 BAFSA is hosting a movie discussion of the film Disko & Tuumasöda (Disco and Atomic War), which can be found for free on IUCAT. Below are some optional recipes to prepare for the discussion: Võileib (An Estonian Sandwich to match an Estonian movie) or Tippaleipä (A Finnish Vappu food to celebrate Vappu).

Recipe for Estonian Võileib
Tippaleipä Suomeksi

Estonian Independence Day “Goodie Bag”

Estonian Pancake Recipe

Though not a traditional dish, pancakes are a common dish in modern Estonia. They can be found in cafes server either sweet or savory! Try this fantastic recipe for Estonian pancakes: http://trinakrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/12/eesti-pannkoogid-estonian-pancakes.html

IU student, Quentin Swaryczewski, suggests the following toppings for a more complex savory Estonian pancake:

  • ham, cheese, mushrooms
  • chicken, cheese, and pineapple
  • beef, onion, and cheese
  • bacon and cheese
  • vegetarian: cheese and garlic / tomatoes, feta cheese, pesto sauce

You can try whatever fun combinations you can think of on top of the pancake. Fold it in half or in thirds (like an omelet), and drizzle it with cream cheese (this is optional).

For the sweet dessert Estonian pancake, fold the pancake in half and then in half once more so that the pancake is now a triangle. Add toppings on top of the pancake, such as vanilla ice cream, caramel, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, fruits, jams, and so on.

Visit Eesti Loodusmuuseum from home using 3D reality

Visit the link below to walk your way through the Estonian Museum of Natural History’s Virtual Collection. The exhibits use 3D technology that allows you to navigate through the museum on your computer. If you have a Virtual Reality headset, you can also experience the museum in VR. Exhibits include audio to listen to descriptions. Additionally, you may be able to read the signs from your computer, especially if you speak Estonian!

English link: https://www.loodusmuuseum.ee/en/virtualmuseum

Estonian link: https://www.loodusmuuseum.ee/virtuaalmuuseum

Finnish Independence Day 2020 “Goodie Bag” of Tutorials

Joulutorttu: Learn how to make this delicious Finnish pastry!


Nalbinding tutorial: Learn how to do a traditional and trendy method of Scandinavian crafting!


Himmeli tutorial: Learn how to make this traditional Finnish winter decoration using just straws, string, and scissors!


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