Month: July 2010 | The Family Without Borders

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A road sign near Tiblissi (Georgia)

Nice even in the whore-house

Georgia Likes

First few hours in Georgia: absolutely lovely valley in Adjura and super friendly and helpful people (including whore-house staff and… the police). Did we find our place on earth?

On the ferry Princess Victoria (Sochi - Trabzon) in Sochi port

By the sea, away from Russia

RussiaTurkey Likes

Our days in Russia were like one big stomachache before the big exam – and long ours on the ferry to Turkey were like feeling just after the exam: all emotions pouring down our bodies and minds.

In the school in Beslan (Russia; North-Ossetia)

Tears in Beslan

Russia Likes

Very soon it will be 6 years when Beslan massacre took place. But in destroyed school building people are still crying.

The Russian road police (DPS) is knocking on our window

Russian road police: Shoot back!

Russia Likes

Every morning the same game: Maybe a fast cigarette with shaking, sweating hands before starting?  Shit I don’t smoke anymore. Or a sip of vodka? Bullshit, it’s morning. I feel like puking – have to find to a tree. I am sick. Starting the car means inevitable consequences. I feel just like in school times Read More

Crossing Russia: 150 km to Vladikavkaz

Our very dark days in Russia

Russia Likes

All bad what happened on our trip until now – happened during our one week in Russia. Why one week if we had 4-days transit visa? Police, closed border, police,  car workshop, again police: they know the answer…

Crimea non view (Ukraine)

Breathtaking no-view

Ukraine Likes

– Not always caviar – my best friend likes to say so. And when being on the top of Crimean mountains but in the middle of clouds it would be easy to agree with her, but I will not. Because even such a no-view can be the caviar during our trip.

Kids in the Artek Camp on Crimea (Ukraine)

Artek: my socialist childhood dream

Ukraine Likes

Artek since my school time and Russian lessons was for me a place very close to heaven. The place you will be only able to reach if you lived a good life: behaving well to teachers, having good marks, being a good socialist boy, always helping mama, standing up for older people in the tram, Read More

Crimean Seaside near Yalta (Black Sea; Ukraine)

Gorgeous Crimea

Ukraine Likes

Crimea is our biggest discovery until now. Best you can get: mountains and sea in one place, just next to each other, all in green! Russia should be really really angry at Nikita Khrushchev that in 1950s he gave it away to Ukraine.

At the Black Sea in Sevastopol (Ukraine)

Sevastopol, a “nice” city

Ukraine Likes

What to say? Clean, proper city. With good city port but not much atmosphere. If not counting Russian Black Sea Fleet and hundreds of Russian flags everywhere.

Ayshe Bakhchysaray Usta (work)shop (Ukraine; Crimea)

Charm of Crimean Tatar’s souls

Ukraine Likes

Crimean Tatars, their tradition and culture – best place to go is USTA workshop of Ayshe Osmanova and her husband Lutfi in Bakchysaray.

Balaklava - the nicest place on Crimea (Ukraine; Black Sea)

We found heaven!

Ukraine Likes

Balaklava is the most beautiful spots at the Crimea (Black Sea) with a Soviet submarine factory under the mountain.

The Hostel in Simferopol (Ukraine; Crimea)

Ukrainian “hostels”

Ukraine Likes

Especially in Crimea, where there is no hostels concurrency, you don’t need much to start one: somebody with a flat which has one-two rooms free, washing machine and wi-fi. And presence online as a “hostel”.

Valery, the archaeologist from Bakhchasaray (Ukraine; Crimea)

Mysterious man: Valery, the archeologist

Ukraine Likes

Strange thing has happened to us and I’m still not sure what to think about it. We met (maybe) an archeologist, which was (maybe) doing the excursion about old Armenian monastery and is (maybe) living in nearby cave.

The cave city in Bakhchysaray (Ukraine; Crimea)

Bakhchysaray: palace or cave?

Ukraine Likes

The name of the town means “garden palace” and the place (or at least the name of the place) itself is well known in Poland thanks to poet Adam Mickiewicz. But obviously he hasn’t seen the caves!!

Evenings at the Black Sea Trip (Ukraine); Photo: Thomas Alboth

In the evenings…

Ukraine Likes

While sleeping in the car, our evenings are coming very early. And it’s even not only about darkness and being surprisingly fast tired but – about mosquitoes. Our biggest enemy during the trip and a reason to hide in the car, close all the windows and organize inside the car family insects-hunting.

At the Ukraninian Black Sea Beach; Photo: Thomas Alboth

Ukrainian summer

Ukraine Likes

Oh, sometimes I’m really happy that nobody is forcing us to spend summer holidays in such a way: on Ukrainian seaside in one of many tourists resort. Would be really not easy and after some hours truly boring. But having a walk in this reality is fun.

Multikulti Yevpatoriya

Ukraine Likes

That was a day when I had to dressed up 3 times: in old Orthodox Church, in Dzhuma-Dzham Mosque and Dervish Monastery. Yevpatoriya, which is 2500 years old, is truly multireligious and multicultural place.

The pursuit of pelicans

Ukraine Likes

The goal is easy: in this tiny village we have to find somebody who will give us his boat. Because it seems to be so beautiful here and those birds which you learn about in school are just flying around here.

Salt lake (Liman) near Odessa; Ukraine; Photo: Thomas Alboth

Between Odessa and Crimea…

Ukraine Likes

In the straight line maybe 300 km to cross the border with peninsula Crimea from Odessa. But we don’t like straight lines and we do like coastline which is usually not so fast.

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