The first Island

Trip Start Jul 09, 2008
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Trip End Jul 23, 2008


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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hello dear friends,
this time Mara typing,

i don' t know if i am able to make the story short, so be patient.

The road from Padise to Haapsalu was long and a bit boring. It rained a bit. First we were very much in hurry because we wanted to catch the boat to Vormsi at around 12, but when we felt we wont make it, we slowed down. Next boat at around 6 pm, so we have lots of time. Some shopping in Haapsalu in a weird place with lots of punks and people with USA flags on their clothes or cars. I let Tom do the shopping and stay a guard for the bikes. I organise my stuff while watching all the Haapsalu people. Nicest part of this trip was from Haapsalu to Rohukula. They have made a very nice cycling path there going through a forest, a very straight and silent path.

Trip to Vormsi wasn' t our general plan, Tom had this idea, because it is a small island, I agreed, because I also like places like that. What a good decidion that was! We took our first ferry during the trip. Excited about traveling with a boat we explore the corners and possibilities on board. There is more cars on the boat than we predicted. In one of them I notice a family that catches my eye and I am thinking something like: "they look interesting, I would like to know them." Mother with a baby in a car, father outside the car drinking a cup of coffee. "Hey, I would also like to drink a cup of coffee" so I go and find one. Soon after this Yngve comes to me and says my name while greeting. It turned out I and Tom knew the family already, but we didn' t recognise Yngve from inside the car. Then we got introduced to her baby girl and Urmet, the father.

We had two fantastic days in Vormsi. Yngve and Urmet recomended good places to go to, told us some history of the island and her relatives house. We could stay in their cosy warm house.
We went to see the cemetary and the church. Cemetary is special for its Sweedish circle crosses, plenty of them, very special to see it. Stunning how close the Sweedish culture used to be to the Baltics. Vormsi with its nice houses was very much fun to go through, it was a bit like cycling through an open air museum. We also went to see a coral reef in the middle of the island (which is rising from the sea every year a few mm). The reef was interesting, but somehow the most unusual in this place was a giant ant that we saw (I had to think of it until the end of our trip). It was 3cm long, big and shining black. First I thought it was two bugs - one eating the other, but no - it was all one body.

We saw our second Vormsi sunset on one of islands capes, where you could get through a road where there was grass higher than humans, there used to be a path and it was possible to do with bikes, but I wouldn't dare doing it without Tom. He was breaking the way for me :)

greetings,
Mara and Tom
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Where I stayed
Yngwe and Urmet

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