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Jun 17, 2012 - Rund Schwarzes Meer: Überfahrt von Sinop nach Yalta (Ukraine)

Für die Überfahrt von 160 Seemeilen mit Kurs 345 Grad quer über das Schwarze Meer benötigten wir 40 Stunden. Fast die ganze Strecke wird gesegelt, nur nachts, sobald der Wind etwas schwächelt, lassen wir die Maschine für kurze Zeit mitlaufen. So machen wir genügend Fahrt und können die Batterien nachladen. Wir sehen die Lichter von Yalta und später nach Sonnenaufgang, auch die eindrückliche Küste der Halbinsel Krim schon aus grosser Distanz. Aber vor dem Landgang gibt es zuerst noch einige amtliche Hürden zu überwinden. Wir überlassen der...

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Jun 2, 2011 - Turnaround time

On the final full day in Odessa I visited the catacombs, where the Odessa Partisans were headquartered. It was a few miles out of town. The travel agent wanted 90 pounds for a tour and I was the only person around so I asked how I could do it under my own steam. I couldn't, she said, you need a fully qualified guide as people get lost down there. She'd ring me if anyone else turned up though. So she didn't ring and I got a bus out there. Within 5 minutes a guide with reasonable English showed up and I got an individual tour. All for about 6...

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Reboot Tour 2011

Oct 11, 2010 - Krim

September was a busy month. I moved apartments and had a new roomate Anya. She moved to Vatutina to attend the medical college we have here and serve in Vatutina. She knows some English so she was happy to practice on me. But as things worked out I had to move again by October and so i'm living in a new place once again with two other sisters Jenya and Luda. They both moved to Vatutina with another sister 3 years ago to help out here. That sister is the one that married the special pioneer that lived in Vatutina and their wedding was...

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Aug 31, 2008 - Yalta to Odessa

The North Coast of the Black Sea is revered by the Russians and Ukrainians alike for the curative properties of its air and water. Despite standing on the ship’s deck deeply inhaling the fresh sea breezes, there is only modest improvement in my head cold and sore throat which makes me cranky. I stayed on the ship this morning, our free time in Yalta, to get some extra rest. Though rested, I am not cured. After the Crimean Peninsula rises several hundred feet fairly steeply, along much of its coast it is capped by granite or sandstone...

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Aug 30, 2008 - Yalta

We arrived at the Yalta harbor just as breakfast was being served and by 0900 we were off on a city tour. Yalta rises abruptly from the north shore of the Black Sea. What pass for beaches here have a surface of dark, smooth, round stones about an inch and a half in diameter, not terribly inviting if you are accustomed to sand beaches. On the other hand, it offers an affordable seaside experience to landlocked Ukrainians and Russia, the main components of the tourist trade. I visited Yalta in 1989 shortly before the breakup of the Soviet...

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Jul 12, 2008 - Anapa - Yalta UKRAINE

A real travel day. Got the bus early in the morning to Port Kavkaz (the border with Ukraine), about 100 kms away. It broke down about halfway there and there was the usual confusion abut whether there could or would be a replacement. Fortunately we'd stopped in a small market town so we could at least buy something to drink and sample the local public toilets which were truly revolting. After about 1 1/2 hours a new old bus arrived and we reached the port. The ferry over the water (which divides the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea) left...

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Chris's 2008 Jaunt