|View over Tallinn|
The Academic hostel was a bit far from the centre but the rooms were spacious and the soundproofing great. But I was soon to find out that the rooms did have one big and unexpected disadvantage: they were incredibly hot! Even when opening the window at night and sleeping naked with no sheet cover I was so hot that sleeping was almost impossible. It was almost 30° C outside but my room was a sauna. Even my last Finnish chocolate melted here!
After another hot night in the hostel I was just bringing down my bike and panniers at the very last minute of check out time when I met some other cyclists - a middle aged Czech couple. Most cyclists I have met so far have been rather unfriendly. Other than hikers cyclists rarely stop to chat and exchange information but this couple was an exception. They had just come back from Western Estonia which is were I was headed now. For almost two hours I was showered with information and left with several of their maps plus ideas for future bike trips!
|Tallinn open air museum|
|RMK beach campsite|
The site was great. Not only was it directly on the beach but also under old growth pine trees. There were picnic tables, dry toilets and campfire sites. There was no firewood when I arrived but it was restocked in the morning. And all this is free! Now I was easily convinced to follow my Czech friends recommendation and stay the next night at the RMK site in Nova.