Second island : Saaremaa

Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
Trip End Sep 07, 2005

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

We cleaned the summerhouse and got fresh wood for the sauna. Then we went to the bus stop, and we waited and waited and waited...until a minivan drove by, stopped 100 meters further, waited 10 seconds and then drove off again. It was only later that we realized that THAT was OUR bus...

So Claudia had the brilliant idea of travelling backwards, going back to the harbour where we had arrived only two days earlier, and catch the next bus from there. We were lucky and it worked, and about one hour later we were on our way to the capital of Saaremaa, Kuressaare. Population : 16,200. More information :

We first had a look at a nice Lutheran church and had lunch in a medieval Weighing House for some fish tartare and shrimp soup. And then we met Piret (my Estonian language teacher) near an old windmill.

Afterwards we went to the castle where they have an interesting museum about life in Saaremaa. The beach came next and in the evening we went for dinner in the old windmill for our first real Estonian meal : Garlic bread, sauerkraut and pea soup, pork chops and peppersteak :)

On the other table were a couple of Finnish women, and they were being really horrible. If any Finnish people are reading this travel log (Tomi ?), please tell me that they were an exception...
One of the women had received some hardboiled potatoes. Instead of complaining in the beginning of the meal, she waited until the bill came and then she started complaining in loud English : "Do I have to pay for this ? Do you expect me to pay for this" and she was banging her fork into the potatoes. The poor young waitress had to get the chef and the Finnish women left without a single word (and of course not paying for the potatoes). It really made me think about why it is so difficult to have some respect for other people. It was not really the waitress' s fault that the potatoes were too hard, was it ?

Piret had promised to find us a spot in her grandmother's garden, but she came up with a better idea : she would drive us to two little lakes in the neighbourhood of Eikla where we could camp. We arrived just when it was getting dark and put up our tent for the first time in less than 10 minutes. Piret had brought us some smoked fish, we zipped our sleeping bags together and enjoyed our first night in the tent.
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tenetsi on

Oh I wish...
...that those women were exceptions... but I can't promise. My father and his new wife (real bitch) visited Saaremaa this summer so this woman could not have been her, but sounds like her. Could be her sister. I don't know, sometimes I feel shameful to be a finn. I think I can imagine this kind of person you described. A finn who has had enough to travel abroad. Ok, her life is miserable. But she thinks that people in Estonia are even more miserable, we finns are the kings and queens on that soil even we are nothing, absolutely nothing especially that kind of people like her. Assholes are everywhere but yes, I think this is one of the ways the bad self esteem of finns occur sometimes when they travel abroad. Unfortunately. But Frank, Thank you again for an EXCELLENT log, it captivated me totally and I lived your journey with you even you had already went back home. Just great. And the photos, brilliant again. The pic Claudia had taken at the end of the trip had absolutely great arrangement, very abstract, art. Jump to the Finnair once and come to visit us, I can't promise as nice people as in Estonia but wish you can experience at least something positive :)

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