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Europe » Ukraine » Kherson » Gammalsvenskby July 24th 2009

Gammalsvenskby In the middle of the district Kherson Oblast in the south of Ukraine there is a small village with an interesting history. The village is called Gammalsvenskby. Gammalsvenskby is today incorporated with three other villages, Schlangendorf, Mühlhausendorf and Klosterdorf, and on maps they are shown under their combined name, Zmiyivka. Gammalsvenskby is a Swedish name and it means Old Swedes Village or Old Swedish Village. The story of this village starts in the year 1781 on the Estonian island Hiiumaa, 2000 kilometres away from Gammalsvenskby. In 1781 Estonia was under Russian rule. But between the years 1561 until 1721 Estonia was part of Sweden. The people living on the Estonian islands, Hiiumaa is one of these islands, lived rather isolated so they... read more
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Europe » Ukraine » Kherson April 25th 2008

Friday 11 April - Drobeta to Craiova, 115 km Quite a good day, still no rain. Talked quite a bit to our accompanying local cyclists, some of whom are using this few days as practice for a projected trip to Greece. Once we were out of town the countryside was attractive, agricultural with trees in blossom round all the farms. Stopped for lunch in a small town where I found a cash machine and a small supermarket and stocked up. Gave the sandwiches the organizers supplied for lunch to the local dogs (third day I have done this). Approaching Craiova was the worst landscape I have ever seen. There were a couple of oilfields with “nodding donkeys” pumping oil; huge factories which appeared disused, filthy with broken windows and rubbish e verywhere - though some of ... read more
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Europe » Ukraine » Kherson April 30th 2007

På vei inn i Kherson oppdaget vi en lokal sykkelbutikk (merkebutikk for Fuji-sykler!). Siden Kvines tyrkiske bakhjul hadde utviklet en lei sleng i løpet av dagen, svingte vi innom. Mekanikeren Andrej fikset både hjulet og et slapt styrelager på stedet, og vi fortsatte innover mot sentrum. Men nå skulle også Svine erfare at "eit bakhjul kan'kje vara evig". Hjulet hadde tydelige symptomer på et i utgangspunktet uskyldig sleng. Vi fant oss et hotell ved havna, og Svine kastet seg på sykkelen og råsyklet tilbake til butikken der Kvine hadde fått hjulet sitt overhalt. Han rakk fram til sjappa litt før stengetid, men mekanikeren hadde ikke tid til å ta det med en gang. Derimot var det en vennlig og engelskkyndig ukrainer ved navn Roman der, som hjalp til med å gjøre en avtale om å ... read more




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