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Estonia and EENet tour

Posted: 2006-06-18 01:09:41, Categories: Travel, Estonia, Cycling, 248 words (permalink)

I'm in Tartu now, and being kindly hosted by Lauri Anton from EENet means that finding an Internet connection is not a problem. :) Actually it should be pretty easy in Estonia in general, there are plenty of wireless access points, libraries and some Internet cafes have computers and the places to get connected are conveniently marked on maps.

The oddest sight during the ride from Tallinn was a truck pouring small grained light brown sand on a lenghty section of a normal paved road. The result was naturally a big cloud of dust every time a car drove by. They weren't just as big as the dust clouds on the dry unpaved roads, but almost!

Other than the dust I had a very nice ride to Tartu, sunshine all the way and not too much traffic. My friends asked if I had noticed how Estonian motorists drive dangerously and ignore cyclists - no, didn't have any problems. It would have been even nicer in three or four days with more detours, this time I squeezed it in two days.

Tomorrow I have time for sightseeing in Tartu, today's short sigthseeing time was spent on a special tour in the EENet office with Lauri and Mihkel. It included the usual visit to the server room, but also an evaluation of the roof terrace with appropriate beverages. Later in the evening I also met Lauri's wife and daughter, and had a dinner and a sauna in their nice new house.

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Towards new adventures

Posted: 2006-05-21 23:27:34, Categories: Travel, General, Cycling, 203 words (permalink)
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost, part of The Road Not Taken

In August 2005 I made a decision to travel. The trip will begin in June 2006. I have traveled before, I've even lived abroad, but this time will be different. I won't have any obligations to work or study, nor a permanent address. The tour will start in Eastern Europe and continue in Asia, and perhaps include other continents too. Details are still open, but it doesn't matter — I'll have time to figure them out on the road.

At least in the beginning, I'll travel by bicycle. If at some point I feel I've had enough of cycling, then I'll switch to more traditional backpacking. I initially plan to travel for about one year, but I don't want to commit to any specific time or route too much in advance. I have more detailed plans for the first month or two, more about that later.

This blog will be used to post my travel news and other random thoughts.

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