Our first island : Muhu

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

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Yes, Muhu is really THAT small...

We left Ele after a breakfast that consisted of porridge and apples, and took a bus to Kuivastu Harbour on Muhu island.

Prices in Estonia are no longer as low as they used to be in "Eastern Europe" but bus tickets and ferry prices are generally very low in comparison to those in Belgium and Germany.
To go from Tallinn to Kuivastu (approximately 150 km, including the ferry transport) we paid about 130 EEK per person(about 8,5 €). When we got off the ferry, Eva (an HC friend) and her mum were already waiting for us and they took us to a shop so we could buy some supplies for the next days : bread, cheese, yoghurt and some pieces of fruit.

We thought it would be our first night in the tent, but Eva had a little surprise : we could stay in her gardenhouse with our own private sauna !! It was really nice of her, and very practical because it started raining sooooo hard and
I'm sure our tent would have been totally soaked.

All her family was extremely hospitable to us : her aunt Tia drove us to Humu's most famous sight : the open air museum at Koguva. It turned out Tia works in this museum, so that was an added bonus. The parts of the museum that most touched me were the personal belongings of famous Estonian writer Johan Smuul and the sheep sauna ! They didn't have a lot of wood in the old days, so they used to go in a little room with some sheep and sweat ! No kidding !

We had some Seljanka soup in a guest house with sandwiches and went back to our little summerhouse in the garden.... to find Eva gone but some nice Muhu dessert had replaced her : it was called Hapurokk and looked a bit like porridge but was much nicer.

We went to the sauna later (Eva, if your neighbours complain that they saw somebody run naked in your garden : it wasn't us !!!)...oh yeah right, you don't have neighbours, do you ? :)

I burned my arm quite badly on the stove which we needed to fill every half an hour for the sauna to stay hot, but it was worth it, because a handmade sauna is the best there is.
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