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July 2011, little town (which felt more like a village) of Vylkove in Eastern Ukraine.

From left to right: the guide, Sergey, the host, "Baba" Nadia and the captain of our boat, Zhenya.

Ok, Zhenya isn't really a captain but he had (and I don't mean "owned") a boat to his disposal that day and Sergey isn't really a guide but as it was a Sunday he had nothing better to do. Only Nadia really offers homestays on an island in the Danube Delta; I didn't stay in her house but spent a couple of hours there chatting about life while tasting her homemade wine.

They all spoke Russian not Ukrainian and seemed to be rather sentimental about the times of the "Soyuz" (USSR). But I very much doubt they would rather Eastern Ukraine were part of the Russian Federation than the European Union.

Since that brief visit, until very recently, I had been thinking of going back. I was sure I would find Sergey in exactly the same place, on the bridge over the canal, watching the passing traffic (a cow, a bicycle, a car, a cow again). I was planning to check how Baba Nadia was keeping and thought that, who knows, maybe Zhenya would be able to take me there in a boat.

It's not going to happen for a while...

In WS more people from Vylkove.

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