Friday, August 31, 2012

2012 SFC-- Sevastopol

What to do in Sevastopol?
It's a home port for the Russian Navy...a place of siege in World War II and a marine study base.

Here's the memorial to the victims of the Great Patriotic War. (or World War II, as the rest of us call it).

It also has a kick-ass Dolphinarium.  More on that later.

And, with the help of my iPhone One World translator app, fairly easy to get around.

But not without some funny moments.

We decided not to take a tour in Sevastopol, as they mostly covered military and history sights. With young kids in tow, we headed to visit the Aquarium and Dolphinarium.

In Russian. Totally in Russian.

Not to sound preciously American, but most of the places we have visited have had interpreters or the residents speak a smattering of English.  Not Sevastopol.  We were on our own, out in the weeds, and yes, my Russian is rusty. (Oh, cut me some slack--it's been 30 years since I studied it!!)

But with the translator app, we were able to buy tickets and figure out how to swim with dolphins.  Go figure.

First stop, the Aquarium.

Looking for Nemo.

Still trying to find Nemo.


Oh, if only the teachers could see that we are LEARNING on vacation...

Crocodile toes.

Hey Dude!

Haven't seen Nemo either.

Don't question the piranha.

Now this is one cool critter...

I don't know exactly WHAT he is...but I think he was the model for the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Having found Nemo (and the rest of the clown fish) we headed off in search of dolphins.  Emerson was on a flower kick, and stopped often by the beautiful public beds.

Yes we found it!

But we were 15 minutes late for the beginning of the show...and in true Soviet Ukranian fashion, the ticket seller would  not let us in....but that was okay...we had fun waiting for the end of the show.

This old guy made a LOT of noise...

as did THIS character.

Lots of fun had by all.

Oh, dolphins?? You want dolphins???
You are gonna have to wait for the next post.....

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