Friday, December 18, 2009

Island Hopping across the Frosty Azov Sea

The weather has been particularly wintry lately - a veritable blizzard one day, followed by a few days of ice storms. I had a tricky time pacing across some islands in the Azov Sea that link Crimea to the mainland by a series of interconnected causeways. Electricity was lost in the region during the heavy snow, but because most villagers use wood-burning stoves for heat and cooking, the effect was pretty minimal. The ice storm brought down a lot of power lines. It's a different kind of nice. I wouldn't mind a few nice days, and I should get them by the time I cross to the southern coast of Crimea. I'm heading for Sudak, where Marco Polo and his father and uncle lived for two years before taking off for China overland. I'm pushing a bit hard to be there by western Christmas Eve. Gotta run now there, time's running out on the internet...

6 comments:

The Solitary Walker said...

With you all the way in spirit.

Ukiefriend said...

Ditto the "Solitary Walker." Thanks for post!

Claines Chamber said...

Good luck from Dzhankoi,Crimea,Ukraine!
God help and bless!

Olga

Sylvia said...

Ann,

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas! Are you painting any yet? With sparce technology you most likely can't post any, but just curious to know if you have done any painting?

Sylvia

LDahl said...

Silly me, I'm having 'mom' thoughts..."I hope she is ok. Is she getting warm enough to get good sleep at night? What if it starts snowing a blizzard and she gets lost? Aaa-a-r-r-r-g-g-g!!!!!!
I think of you every day. Hope you have a most special Christmas and you at least get a lovely hot meal!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas from all of the Californian's (where it is sunny and sixty degrees, HA!)