Exiting Kaliningrad was done in 30 min, then the Polish customs were really difficult, 2 h in total again… Was heading for Prora in Germany, since I left nida this morning, I knew I was in for a long drive. Basically a 1000 km drive, including 2 russiand border controls.
Decided to top up ATF-fluid in the middle of nowhere before it got dark:
Nice sunsets again:
At about 01:00 I had enough, was about 10 km from Prora, pulled into a truck parking lot folded the back seat down, got my sleeping bag out and slept till 8:00.
Left Nida quite early since I was going to have another close one with the Russian customs… Was first asked at the checkpoint a few hundred meters before the actual control:
I said: -Da
Was asked to park the car and wait, after 30 min I was sick of it and realised, he asked if I needed a transfer visa. Explained that I had a one year Russian visa and off I went, took 2 hours in total, as usual…
Then had lunch in Kaliningrad:
I have seen all sorts of animals while driving, but this doesn’t happen that often, 2 min later I was downtown Kaliningrad:
Kaliningrad you can live without, if you want to see Russia easy and cultural, go to St Petersburg, this is nothing special:
Kristus frälsarens katerdral:
Kaliningrad is an exklav, a piece of land cut off from the rest of the motherland but has borders to more then one other state, enklas only has border to one other state.
This building, referred to by the locals as “The Monster”, but it’s names is The House of Soviets, was started to built in 1960, never finished and during the 80’s halted and now stands right in the city center as a remnant of old Soviet times…:
This place is really worth visiting, the whole island is a national park, 10 min ferryride for 100 SEK, 50 SEK “entrance” for a car to the island, cheap, beaches are amazing, never seen so white and fine sand…
A lot of birds:
There is a about 1 km to downtown Nida, it has a LOT of bars/pubs/restaurants for being so small.
I just walked from “my” side to the other, guess 1 km wide, on “my” side, calm water and no beach, on other side, waves and beaches, both Baltic sea…
Or the travel to Kuriska näset, a 500 m to 4 km wide sandstrip, 100 km long. The weather turned on me again, but got better when closing in on the ferry:
The border to Lithuania isn’t much to see either, but at least it is quick:
Or what used to be it, Schengen is nice:
It is always nice to have a room with a safe, but 3 keys? I don’t even have one…
The beach in Pärnu is nice, the watertemperature wasn’t that bad either, but no swim for me, needed to get going:
Solyanka and Chicken Kiev, don’t know if it is very Estonian or not, but at least the beer is…
Checked in to a hostel in the city center, not many rooms left and a lot of tourists. Anyway, it was clean, free parking and Wifi internet.
Basically had decided to go straight to Pärnu, and I did, only one stop, to take this picture of the storks:
The road from St Petersburg to the Estonian border is a joke… By far worst on the trip and you don’t easily beat the ukrainian roads…
Anyway, arrived at the border, as usual in these countries, no signs what you should do, kaos and angry guards everywhere. Two russian ladies got into a huge fight with a guy in a estonian car, as I saif before, queueing is not their stongest sides…
These pictures are taken from no mans land, basically a bridge over the river between the two countries:
Russian side ancient fortification:
Estonian side ancient fortification: