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Temporary no fly zone

Who needs corners?

Who needs corners?

On friday night, we investigated a Greek restaurant. There were several of us this time including two Russians, one of which was learning English and seemed to be taking a hyperactive approach to trying, just talking as much as he could. So the night was interesting and I learned some bizarre things about Russian culture. For instance, apparently that ‘Sponge Bob Square Pants’ kids cartoon is very popular among the teenage/adult Emo culture there. Very weird. The food was very good and was served in large portions. It also consisted mostly of meat, so on Saturday two of us decided to go for a 20 mile cycle ride to burn some of it off and investigate the gliding club here.


Windy. Good for some people.

Windy. Good for some people.

It was, as ever, windy and going there was into wind so very hard work. The cycle paths disappear as soon as you leave the town. The roads are plenty wide enough to not inconvenience cars but lots of them still beep at you for riding on the road.


Can't fly? well fix something then.

Can't fly? well fix something then.

After about an hour and a half of struggling we arrived at Schmoldov, the little village and the airfield of the same name. We saw no planes as we approached so knew they weren’t flying but fortunately there were people there and the first we met was welding the gate hinges back on. It seems they spend the winter here repairing and fixing things, rather than flying. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find anyone who spoke English, but someone did show us around and Damien had to translate for me. Actually I understood quite a bit of what he was saying but this was more from knowing gliding and anticipating what he would be saying, than from understanding the German.


Fix the Bocian.

Fix the Bocian.

Yep, It's a gliding club.

Yep, It's a gliding club.

The summary is that they don’t start flying until maybe the start April because the field is too soggy. However, they suggested we go back in two weeks time as they may have started by then. They have both a winch and a tug and all the usual stuff I’ve come to know and love at just about any gliding club anywhere in the world. But to fly again, I’ll just have to wait a bit longer. 😦

Having had a good look around we headed home. The cycle back, now downwind, hardly involved peddling but gave us an average speed of 27kph, rather than the miserable 19kph on the way out. It was nice to get properly outside Greifswald and good to see the GC is alive and well, even if dormant for the moment.

PS: All the photos are on facebook, as usual:

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  1. Iris Selby
    March 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    A long hard slog,up the wrong side of the road!

  2. hrf
    March 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Yesssssssssss. We had thermal providings today. Up to 3,000 ft. It’s a shame they don’t fly in the Winter!

  3. Helen
    March 26, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Spongebob is big in Central Asia too! A humanitarian lawyer was taking me around the scene of the April 2010 violent clashes in Ala-too Sq, Bishkek (govt. hiring snipers to shoot demonstrators, demonstrators burning down the ministry of justice etc) when out of nowhere Spongebob jumped out into the middle of the road and started to dance. There must be some bizzare post-Soviet thing for sponges or something.

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