Wicked Winterfrost

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Estonian Islands

Posted in Estonia by talikas on August 2, 2009




As tickets to modern Estonian theatre and other alternative cultural events continue to cost a small fortune, hitchhiking to the venue, even if situated in an old Soviet power plant on a small island hundreds of kilometres away, seems to be the only reasonable means of transportation. Alas, my good friend Gustav and I started our auto-stop adventure to Hiiumaa and didn’t stop there, but cruised on towards Saaremaa and – after 3-hour breakfasts with Gustav’s parents, delicious mushroom-blackberry–wild-strawberry-picking, muddy bike-hike, swimming in „whale blood“, Hungarian hypnotizing whistling drink, too numerous mosquitoes – back again to the mainland, ending up in Viljandi. We got a lift from hippy school teachers, a talkative former fisherman, an enormous-bearded farmer on his way to feed cows, a sailor, fancy businessmen, etc, and finally for the last bit, a small cute blond girl driving a huge, and i mean HUGE, American dream Chrysler New Yorker. Summertime, and the living is easy…


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  1. Holmps said, on August 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

    After seven years brake I have used hitchhiking in Estonia for two years and it seems that things have changed. It’s harder to get a proper taxi in Tallinn and really different people stop. Last weekend score: Over-weighted lady who drove 90 km/h in 110 zone and wise versa, heavy metal fan with little baby, old hunter with old dog and unbelievable stories, two young russian girls with baby, and long distance with blond babe with 3 years old daughter, who said that she has no idea why she stopped :))))

  2. agaspelmon said, on August 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Long live to hitchhiking ;)

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