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It's a rainy evening...

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...and I felt like sorting and uploading some flicks from a trip I went on in the beginning of August. No "day one, day two" because on some days I simply didn't do anything. Photos.

 

So yea, let's begin. Guess it's going to take a few evenings to show all flicks...

 

 

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prelude:

 

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Went to a place here on the evening before leaving town. Met some guys from Belgium (one of them was the jesus-looking guy in the photo)

 

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Ended up playing yatzy until 3am

 

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***

 

 

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Next morning in the car, a 5-hour drive to the west coast of the country. Rain ahead

 

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Rain

 

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After the rain. Passing through a small town

 

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White storks

 

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Passing another small town

 

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Asphalt becomes gravel

 

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And we reach water.

 

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Entertained myself by reading a book at the guesthouse we stayed at for the first night

 

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Next day we set up our tent (pretty antique) and got stung by a bee

 

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Read my book again and ate peas (meat included, heh)

 

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Went to the sea again (too lazy to stitch the photos)

 

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And took photos of the fog over the farmland around our camping site. A boar casually strolled around a bit down the road while taking this flick

 

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Reading mah book, listening to the radio and watchin the bugs trying to get in the car

 

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Next morning found this fella stuck in a spider web

 

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Rode my bike to the closest town, about 10km from the tent, to visit an abandoned peninsula where they used to process fish in the Soviet times

 

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Street lights still there

 

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The processing room

 

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These things reminded me of skatestoppers, heh

 

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From a roof section

 

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Simple decay

 

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Groovy roof

 

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Exterior

 

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Interior

 

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At the end of the peninsula where the ships used to dock.

 

Noticed some guys with backpacks walking from building to building in the area. At one moment I noticed a can in someones hand and went to ask who they were. Turned out we had some mutual friends...

 

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Chill

 

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Ya well

 

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Back to the town

 

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Happened to notice a familiar face - the jesus-looking guy and his brother from Belgium passed me with their bicycles. Short dialogue: -don't you remember me? We met in that club, remember?" -no, I can't quite... Wait, were you the guy with the dice? -yesyes, look, I've still got photos from that evening in my camera -aaaahaaaaaaaaaa, yea, now I kinda remember... Found out they were on a bike hike through Europe.

 

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And a quick swim during sunset

 

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Took the ferry to a small island nearby for a days visit

 

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Empty café

 

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As I had been to the island a few times before I knew most of the places and simply checked if they were still there. This church had been closed more properly

 

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Inside

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Also this border guard central - boarded-up windows etc

 

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Found an old flick on the net from the eighties when it was still used

 

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Basketball anyone?

 

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A gravestone in the local graveyard. The oldest stones have dates back to the 1800s on them. Most of the islands inhabitants before the second world war had been Swedes. During the war they made their way back to Sweden. Some still have relatives living here so there was some graff in the border guard building with texts like "back from Sweden yo".

 

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The local shop

 

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Riding mah biek around the island, nice little villages with summer cottages here and there

 

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Asphalt ---> forest road

 

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A border guard tower by the coast.

As this used to be the western border of the USSR it was guarded tightly so noone could escape to the west (which was massively done before and during WW2, also by my grandmother).

 

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The neighbouring towers were withing eyesight. Decided to see if I could reach another one

 

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Reminds me of the Swedish countryside...

 

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Towards the sea again

 

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As I reached water I saw the watchtower was on another small island (you can see the tower to the right). Well, left my sandals behind and walked through the water

 

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The tower.

 

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And the view from up there. A small house with an oven for cold winter nights too

 

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The island

 

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Sunbathing a bit on a boulder of granite. Granite, oh how I lovet thou...

 

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Another fella sunbathing. Almost rode over him/her with my bike.

 

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Noticed a light tower with an open door over the treetops. Got closer and saw there was a car at the bottom. The repairman was nice enough to let me climb up though...

 

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Forest.

 

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A panorama

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Mah sandahlsss

 

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Almost at the port. Söderby - Southern Village in Swedish - the places are all in Swedish on the island - historic background...

 

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See You Pee

 

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Aaaaand moving back towards the mainland.

 

 

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Look, cows

 

There is an abandoned Soviet air base right between the campsite and the town so yea, sure I payed it a visit.

 

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Hangars, they used to house these badboys for thirty years:

 

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One end of the runway

 

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The other end. 2500 meters long and 40 meters wide, made of concrete slabs.

The place is still used as a dragracing strip from time to time, legal and illegal.

Found out the police arranged their "summer day" there and tested their cars versus some local guys:

 

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More hangars...

 

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The doors have been removed a long time ago, but the rails that were used to open them are still there, heh

 

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Air control with a rooftop

 

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A bunker for the staff near the tower

 

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Everything that contains metal that can be removed has been removed by thieves. Here you can see the torn up asphalt under which there probably were some pipes or wires

 

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Went to see where a narrower concrete road that took me further away from the main area ended at. Met a local man riding his bike there who told me a bit about the base - he used to work there as a car mechanic and driver. He talked about how he once repaired a high-ranked officials car very fast and got invited to have a few vodka shots with him. The official told him all kinds of interesting things (you get a bit talky under the influence you know). For example: the space project that sent Gagarin to space cost as much as the town of Kiev.

 

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If the Soviet military had payed an as big percentage of the money gotten from the government as wages as the US did during the Cold War they would had gotten around 600 roubles per month. In reality they got around 80.

 

He reminiscenced over the last years of the Soviet military still using the base - the union collapsed in 1991, the army left 1994. He said the last years were the worst, because the russians started showing off. Flying low over the town, sometimes so loud that the windows really needed to be replaced... You can listen to this takeoff:

 

Et cetera.

 

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Anyways, the road went to some more hangars(standing on top of one).

 

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Garages.

 

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No smoking! Rap.

 

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Barracks

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PET you got some amazing photos, but this one right here:

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WOW..

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Moremoremore

 

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The view

 

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1954

 

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Woo, a corridor shot.

Basically, this is what all the insides looked like. Nothing left but walls.

 

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Newspapers used as primer on the walls showing out

 

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Near the bases main entrance. The CCCP. Somewhere on the base there used to be a body of a fighter jet as a monument too, probably here. Scrapped a looong time ago.

 

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Another hangar. A bit more special, wonder what it was used for.

 

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The hangar can be seen in the background. In the foreground - ruins of a manor built in the end of the 1800s.

 

***

 

 

 

So, yes, I'll continue tomorrow I guess.

 

Cheers.

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Pet, you always come through with the fresh flicks from east Europe!

Im jealous!

 

I also agree with IOU, that picture is FAYAAAA!

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LosingMyMind, I was lucky and enjoyed two totally summerish weeks without rain. Usually the summers are so that you get wet on one day and sunburns on the other.

 

Boatsnhoes, what?

 

Thequeen - somewhere in eastern Europe, heh.

 

Thanks and more to come in a few hours...

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