Culture in Kardla and About the Airport
Kardla Airport is located on the island of Hiiumaa. The airport has only one runway. Although there are plans to expand the airport in the future; to become a dual carrier. After the airport was established in 1963, it experienced growth for about two decades. Having regular flights to major towns. But soon the traffic started to diminish. Much has been done to attract more passengers to make use of the airports. Little efforts have been achieved so far. However, it still remains open for both domestic and international flights.
A Visit to Kardla, Estonia
Nonetheless, I have an appreciation of history and culture. I’m mostly appalled and fascinated by archaeology. Although most of the facts about history I’ve read from books and from online resources; a couple of times; I’ve visited the museums to get more information about the cultures of various people. As well as how such cultures have greatly influenced the lives of those people. Therefore, I also love traveling to places rich of culture. By doing so, I’m usually at a position to get any vital information; directly by interacting with the sources of having a first-hand view. Or recount of what transpired centuries ago.
One of the beautiful culture and heritage; which always fascinates me is the history of Eastern Europe. I have always yearned to visit countries in Eastern Europe. Specifically Baltic states. This is because of their rich culture; which has been fortified and well preserved for many generations. It’s still as fresh as if it occurred yesterday. The culture is usually very interesting. However, it has helped shape the Baltic people for centuries. This may be the reason why they usually coexist harmoniously; and are also very hospitable to visitors.
As a matter of fact, last year, as I was thinking of the best country to visit among the Baltic States; somewhere suggested that I try Estonia. After looking at some details about Estonia; which would also interest me during the visit. Such as outdoor activities, beaches etc. Apart from culture, I knew that this was the place that I was going for my excursion and studies; to get acquainted with more historical information about eastern Europe.
The Rich Heritage of Eastern Europe
It was in midsummer of 2014 that I made my trip to Estonia. I arrived safely at Tallinn Airport. Even though I had planned to make most of my studies and adventures in Tallinn; I didn’t spend my first few days there. I took another flight in the evening to Kardla. The reason was because I didn’t want to miss an even; which was going down there. The Festival Hiiu Folk; which was taking place in Hiiumaa. The festival usually focuses on early music; such as folk songs, ballads and other medieval music. This was a nice opportunity for me to gather some quality information about medieval music of the 500-1400 centuries; whose information can rarely be found on the internet. And in many books as well.
Of course the locals were in the mood for the festival. They showed their love for the music; by attending in large numbers. Most of those who were present. Those who I had an opportunity to interact with had immense knowledge about folk; as well as other medieval music that I had to document. It was nice getting first-hand knowledge about various practice and composition. Along with the previous works of musicians and composers who lived centuries ago.
Kardla may have a rural setting
There is a lot to learn from the place in terms of culture and history. Most of the history there is untouched; in its ‘purest form’. Therefore, presents one the best opportunity to carefully document it. I loved visiting the lighthouse of Kopu and Ristna. Also, I was awed by the architectural designs; which was used to built the lighthouse. They were built in the 17th century; when there was little advancement in architectural designs in most parts of the world.
I didn’t love most of the outdoor activities in Kardla. But it was always nice interacting with the locals there; who were informative and friendly. The beach of Kardla wasn’t much exciting. The best I could make of outdoor activities in the places was doing some kayaking; which I too never loved. But I loved taking nature walks; especially around Hiiumaa.
Nevertheless, I was there for three days before I traveled back to Tallinn; where there was a lot that I needed to learn. Especially from the Old Town; which has a lot of unique heritage and history; which was very interesting to me. I had to visit other places rich in history. Hence why I couldn’t stay in Kardla for much longer.