Flood 3

CRIMEA, Day 13: Mutiny

And the rain continues. Overnight it turns into a torrential downpour and the storm becomes downright violent. The walls of my tiny cardboard cabin shake with every gust of wind and roll of thunder. All attempts to sleep are futile. I have a pre-paid ticket for the next-day’s excursion, and I spend the chilly night contemplating the probability of the…

Storm. Novy Svet.

CRIMEA, Day 12: Rain

It’s raining in Novy Svet. Not a light drizzle either, nor a quick tropical shower. It’s thunder and lightning and a downpour that lasts for most of the day. A real storm. Horse trek into the mountains is cancelled. Boats are anchored away from the shore. Crimea needs rain badly. The drought that struck the…

Path to Chufut-Kale

CRIMEA, Day 11: Chufut-Kale Cave Fortress

The medieval cave-town and fortress complex Chufut-Kale is probably the most unique cultural site I have ever visited and, dare I say, is probably one of the most unique cultural sites on the planet. Located high in the limestone mountains above Bakhchisaray, this system of naturally-formed caverns and man-made fortifications was last inhabited by Karaims,…

Process Stories

PROCESS STORIES*

(*anyone who gets this reference gets a cookie) Over the last year and a half Home & Away has become the most satisfying, frustrating, and time-consuming creative outlet of my life, and it’s worth every minute I spend on it. The entirely unforeseen benefit of this experiment has been connecting with other bloggers, such as…

Backchisaray Palace 2 - sm

CRIMEA, Day 10: Bakhchisaray Palace

One of the highly appealing aspects of Crimea as a travel destination (in case gorgeous nature, sea & sun and wine by the bucket were not enough) is its incredibly diverse cultural heritage. Ancient Greeks, Visigoths, Vikings, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese, Georgians, Tatars, Ottoman Turks and Russians have all left their mark on this…

Champagne tasting in Novy Svet

CRIMEA, Day 9: Rosé and Roses

A lot of the Crimean peninsula is an agricultural paradise. Driving through one region to the next you see orchards dripping in cherries, apples, peaches and plums; endless golden seas of wheat and barley; farms and private dachas drowning in the green of vegetable patches and currant bushes. But Crimea’s possibly greatest natural bounty (gorgeous…