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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sunday - 12th May

Sunday began with breakfast - we had porridge and sandwiches. At 10am our bus took us to Kiidjärve. 46 people had to be divided between 3 rafts and 4 regular canoes.

More students than expected wished to choose a canoe and we had to select them randomly. Johannes, Liisbet and Andres were lucky, which doesn't mean the others had less fun. Tõnis, the head of the canoeing, gave safety instructions and warned us to be careful in two different parts where there was said to be a beam in the middle of the River Ahja. So the paddling could start.

After ten minutes of paddling we approached the first obstacle, but as it appeared it was much more serious one. We had to call Tõnis for help, but even he couldn't lift the logs up and get enough space for a raft to go through. He needed a chainsaw and so he brought one.

As a real Indiana Jones, swinging between the logs, feet in cold water, he managed to cut several logs and eventually we got through the obstacle. Another, even more difficult obstacle "welcomed" us soon. We had to wait even longer there, but the weather was getting warmer and bringtening up, the nature around us was worth observing and in addition there was our "Indiana Jones" in action, so we weren't really getting bored. The French team started to sing a heroic song and it was funny and lifted our spirits up.

An hour later than scheduled, 2 rafts and 4 canoes arrived the destination, Italian team was yet to arrive, but as Larsen and Hans-Martty were taking care of them, they arrived nicely too.
Being hungry, but happy we arrived the camping site and had Estonian pea soup for lunch. Then it was time to pack our things and leave for Tartu.

At 4pm we had a science show "Clear as soap water" at Ahhaa Science Centre in Tartu. Two female students from the University of Tartu handled the show in a way it was educative, amusing and ended typically with a big bang. Two hours of free time everybody could spend to their own liking. Students seemed to like cycling under the ceiling, launching rockets, going through mirror maze, finding balance in Shanghai room and creating water cycle most. We had dinner at Newton Cafe.

Evening was warm and invited us for a walk through the old town. We stopped at the Town hall square, took photos of the statue of the kissing students, then walked by the River Emajõgi and gave a glimpse to the main building of the University of Tartu. 

Our journey back to Kehtna was noisy in a good way. Students sang and had fun with each other. All 5 groups sang their national anthems. It was good to see Estonian students know the lyrics well. A bit before 11pm we reached Kehtna.

Photos:  Many thanks go to Spanish, French and Italian teams

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