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Jul 7, 2009 - Zaporozhia

Hi everyone again, including all of Ruth's friends from the US who are reading my blog too, So what have I been up to? I went to a Russian convention that was translated into English in Zaporozhia which is a city about 500 km. from where I live. A couple fleshly sister's in my congregation are from there and their little sister Angelika persuaded me to come. So I did as a sort of bonus convention. I've never been to a convention that was translated into English so it was a new experience for me. It wasn't an official translation so the...

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Aug 27, 2008 - Zaporizhia

After spending two nights and a full day yesterday on the ship, this morning we arrived at our first port of call on the Dnipro River, Zaporizhia. The city is built on the banks of the river where swift and steep rapids made the river unnavigatable(sp?). Khortytsia Island lies in the river and from the 16th thru 18th centuries served as headquarters for a band of freedom fighting Cossacks. The Cossack spirit of independence is still an important Ukrainian symbol although modern day Cossacks tend to be pro-Russian. Cossacks make up a...

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Aug 26, 2008 - Cruising the Dnipro River

Between Kiev and the Black Sea the Dnipro River is no longer a river in the traditional sense. Rather it is a series of six long narrow reservoirs created by dams which have flooded rapids and falls to make the river navigatable. Locks connect the reservoirs that restrict the width of vessels on the river. A handful of bridges over the river cause height restrictions also. This accounts for the long, narrow, low-profile dimensions of the cruise ships plying the river. There are occasional islands in the reservoirs and their banks are...

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