Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Moldova, the river Nistro

Recently I just did show you all some pictures from the trip from holland to Moldova. It took me five months to complete the 4000+Km trip across Europe. Finally I made it to Moldova, entering from the Black Sea and the waters known as Kyllyman.

The weeks before heavy flooding did attack Romania and Moldova. People lost their houses and cattle did drown. The last few hundred kilometers were terrible for me. I had to go upstream, while mud and Moldovan Midges were giving me a hard time.
The last day i had to paddle 21 hours in a row, to be in time for the deathline: so press and all the other people could welcome me.

But in the end there is the reward. In Voda lui voda I was welcomed by the staff from the hospital, TVcameras and a large crowd who welcomed me. I did ask attention for the SMILESFORMOLDOVA foundation. Passing over twelve countries we did have a lot of attention and we put the project in Chisineau on the map. Other parties are now also picking it up and the Maxillofacial Protetics Treatment Room will be realized with a lot of help. Thank you all for your support.


Hans Heupink said...

Hi Jörgen!
Welcome in 2009! How are you doing these cold days?
I regularly visited the Volkskrant-blog-reports of your Moldavia trip - so I was quit up to date - but the pictures on this are a great addition. You really did a fantastic adventure!
Are you making an additional final public report/presentation about your expedition? Contact me if you need support.
Coming to Vlieland this year? I am Looking forward to meet you in this year!

COBBER said...

Hello Hans,
Well i do some presentations now and then for clubs etc..In the meantime i work on a book about the trip and for 2009...
Well we have some plans. I would like to go to Vlieland as always. Just have to see if it will fit into the kayakagenda.

Well the IceAge is over..so it will be Paddle to the Metal again.