Crimea Sunrise 2017

I am lucky enough to enjoy a sunrise in Crimea again. It has been a full year since I last enjoyed the weather and beautiful nature here. After sharing food and wine with family and friends last night, and enjoying a good night’s sleep in the fresh sea air, I am refreshed after the long journey. But morning comes early.

Sunrise in Crimea

I am sitting up at 4:40am in the morning, sitting on the balcony, waiting for the 6:33am sunrise. The sea is calm, the temperature is a mild 18c, the sea breeze is blowing gently, and a cat is howling.

The sky is starting to turn orange and blue in the East. Calm, quiet, and peaceful. The clouds in the dark sky are white and billowy. A tugboat sits silently on the water. The only sounds I hear are the waves and the seagulls… it is peaceful watching the sunrise. Still and quiet.

Except for the cat.

That cat just keeps howling. Maybe he needs some tea too.

As I enjoy a cup of fruit tea and fresh picked figs, I am reflecting on the last 5 days. The flights here were long but comfortable, the hotels quaint but located well, the Kremlin’s beauty at night, seeing Soviet and Russian tanks and planes, and the darn cat.

The things that stick in my mind the most are Russian hospitality, and feeling safe walking the streets of Moscow late at night. People here are not what Americans think they are. They are warm, welcoming, and interested in hearing about the lives of others. The people also make you feel safe. There is no fear of being attacked. Russians just do not allow this behavior towards guests. I will write more on that later.

For now, I will enjoy the sunrise… and the cat.