This is your wake-up call !

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

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Saturday, September 3, 2005

The only bus to the capital Kärdla leaves at 6.20 am, and since it is a 40-minute walk from the beach to the bus stop, we had to get up at 4.30 am. Walking in the dark has its advantages : we got to see the sun rise !

Kärdla is the capital of Hiiumaa, but it is approximately the size of a small town in Belgium with a population of 4200 people. There is one big street, some shops, some restaurants, one museum and a nice church. For more information :

We wanted to take breakfast, but the restaurants were closed. Still, one of the waitresses at Nordtooder Guesthouse told us she could probably fix something for us in the kitchen. We were so impressed with the way Estonians will do their best to keep the customer satisfied. We had eggs & bacon, and after we had done our shopping we brought our food back to the restaurant and asked them if they could keep it for us till the evening ! They even put it in the fridge ! Just try that in Belgium or Germany !

We hitchhiked to the Hill of Crosses, a place where people come and leave nature-made crosses : crosses from stone, from twigs, from plants...
It is a strange place, seeing all these little crosses everywhere. Claudia and I put up a cross. My cross had a special meaning. One year ago my best friend's son got killed and some of you will probably have read about our trip to the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. I put up a cross for myself, and made a small one for Nick. You'll never walk alone.

We hitchhiked back, went to the tourist information and visited the local church. We got a tour from the caretaker, and he even showed us the mortuary where they keep the deceased before the burial.

Aftewards we went to the Kärdla museum where they had a nice small exhibition about life on the beach. In the afternoon we went to Käina in the south of Hiiumaa. Claudia wanted to rent a bike but there was only one left. So we tried our luck at hitchhiking to the island of Kassari. But after one hour we were still in the same spot so we decided to go back and take a look at Käina monastery and have some beer and garlic bread. Then we went back to Kärdla, had a nice dinner in the Nordtooder restaurant ( and picked up our groceries.

By the time we had a bus back to Ristna beach, it was already dark and we had to use the flash light to find our way back to our tent. Luckily there was a sauna and a hot shower waiting for us.
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maplefanta on

ahhhh customer satisfaction
I'm now there on the reading of your journey stories : really great and damn wonderful pictures. Things are really pictures well and now I guess that the customer satisfaction would be one of the thing I miss about Canada, thinking about it! But Belgium has great fries!

I will keep on the reading!

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