Looking Back, Setting Forth

By Stephen Ewashkiw | July 26, 2013

4612 km so far.

Four months ago today we arrived in Rome to begin our adventure. Our first goal was to cycle from Rome to Russia, using the fewest forms of non-bike transportation as possible. Apart from a ferry to an island in Italy, a ferry from Ancona to Split, and a couple of small boats across the Duna (Danube) a few times (these ferries are the way locals cross back and forth and act as an extension of the road), we have made it here, to Tallinn, with nothing more than determination, and our bicycles, to transport us.

Taking Stock

Due to unforeseen difficulties obtaining a Russian visa we now have to take two more ferries to get us the final distance to St Petersburg, which is the Russian port we set our sights on so many months ago when we began planning this trip. All going well, within the next few days we will be there.

Four months ago today we arrived in Roma, ready to explore, experience, and expand our horizons. It has been very exciting, sometimes wet, sometimes cold, very rarely scary, and often joyous. We have met great new friends, experienced the local cultures with locals, and sampled lots of local beer and coffee along the way.

I am, yes, feeling a bit reflective, a bit sentimental, and very excited about what is next. We still don’t know what that is exactly, but are getting close to locking down a plan.

Before then though, I have yoga classes I am working on for Helsinki, St Petersburg, Stockholm, and Berlin. We have bands to see play in Malmö and Berlin, we have old friends, and new, to spend time with in all of these cities, and we have to get ourselves to all of these places on time as well.

But, I am getting ahead of myself.

A Taste Of Tallinn

Today was a day off in Tallinn, a city Jane has already fallen in love with. We wandered around the waterfront, with its cultural corridor, and into the old city via one of its many medieval gates.

anti-bicycle graffiti in tallinn

Well I don’t believe in your graffiti.

We did our own (following some Rick Steves suggestions) walking tour and saw some of the most famous and/or important sights in the old town. This gave Jane plenty of opportunity to snap snap snap away.

pikk street tallinn estonia

A view of Pikk Street, Tallinn.

This afternoon we relaxed at home and did traditional (for us) day off things like: napping, phoning family, cleaning the bikes, laundry, and drinking coffee.

Having such a beautiful home to stay in makes it all very comfortable and makes everything a bit easier to do and deal with.

This evening we headed out to African Kitchen, which the Happy Cow app had recommended. We enjoyed a delicious meal on their rooftop. It’s not a vegan place (warning: being African they do serve antelope) but caters to vegetarian and vegan diets. It had a great atmosphere, really good food, and apparently you can book their sauna for special (and strange) dinner parties. Maybe next time.

Now we are back at Kehrwieder, the oldest coffee establishment in Eesti, and roaster of delicious beans. Yesterday I bought some of their Guatemalan beans and this morning I made myself an absolutely delicious cup of coffee with them.

We plan to spend a bit of time here tonight doing our usual: some internet time, a couple of slices of their famous cake, and watching the tourists pass by.  

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  1. Comment by Jo

    Jo July 28, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Muchos love and admiration from Casa Ivens – can’t wait for the next adventure to be revealed :-)

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen August 9, 2013 at 4:13 am

      Soon. Soon. xx

  2. Comment by Collette

    Collette July 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Guys
    This looks great, very envious as we are about to head home

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen August 9, 2013 at 4:14 am

      an’t believe you have gone home Collette. Wow. Now the four cycle groups we have spent time with are done their current adventures and on to the adventures real life brings. I know you’ll be super busy back at home with the new little one. Enjoy! See you on the road again before long I trust. x

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