Second island : Saaremaa
Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
18Trip End Sep 07, 2005
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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 : www.saaremaa.ee
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
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.