Tuk to the Road

The trials and tukulations of Jo, Ants and Ting Tong the tuk tuk and our three-wheeled odyssey from Bangkok to Brighton...in aid of the mental health charity Mind. For more information please see www.tuktotheroad.com

Monday, August 07, 2006

Success and sunbathing

Volgograd 7th August

We have spent the last 2 days enjoying the sunshine in Volgograd and hit the local sandy beach with our uneven zebra tans. Actually, most of our tan had disappeared after the rubbish weather we had experienced during the previous 3 weeks.

To get to the beach we had to get a boat to the other side of the Volga. The beach was absolutely packed, not only with people but also with rubbish strewn all over it. A real shame, because it could have been a nice beach. We settled down for the afternoon and quickly forgot about the miserable rain and cold weather we had thought would never end. It seems that the weather here can be as changeable as back home.

In the evening we went to see Mother Volga, a huge striking statue that Ants mentioned in her previous blog. It was a beautifully clear evening and we enjoyed a spectacular sunset, while Ants explained to me the significance of the spot where we sat and the blood that had been shed during horrific battles in WWII. Why people still feel the need to go to war (including our embarrassing present government) I do not understand. Violence breeds violence and there can be no such thing as a just war.

Today we had expected to hit the road and head west towards the Ukraine. However, we were waiting for a parcel from England that did not arrive. We were told that we may have to wait for another couple of days and so decided to hit the beach again. As it was monday the beach was more empty, but that didn't stop us attracting attention from the local drunk. His name was Valeri and Ants suddenly forgot (intentionally) all of her Russian. Valeri indicated to me that I needed a manicure and he proceeded to try and clean under my fingernails with a biro, which actually just made them go blue. He also then took a grasp of my love handles and didn't let go until Ants and I both let out a yelp. We decided we had had enough sun and headed back across the Volga.

When we got back to the hotel we were thrilled to find that our parcel had arrived. Now we can hit the road tomorrow and should be in the Ukraine on wednesday. After a relaxing and sun filled weekend we are ready for another tukking week.


Blogger gingerpop said...

you will find that we are all suntanned here in Norfolk, next month the rain.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Your blog is interesting and extremely well-written, and your idea of making this trip is original and exciting. The fact that you are also raising the profile of mental health as well as funds for MIND makes the enterprise all the more laudable!

I saw you on BBC local TV and hope you are getting and will get lots more media attention. Try not to let the drunks hold onto your love-handles for too long though!

I salute you and will read again.

11:36 AM  
Blogger faith said...


I have been reading your blog since the beginning. I saw your posting way back in jan or so on the Expat.ru site about your adventure. I think it is amawzing what you guys are doing. I just finished 7 months in Russia and truly enjoyed your stories about it. I also was in SE asia and have been to most of the places you visited and related so much!
My blog is at http://blog.myspace.com/faith4evernever and http://groups.msn.com/fwalpole

10:53 PM  
Blogger Rudy said...

Okay, sorry all for offtopic, but its important.

Sony SC:

пересечение пр-та Жукова и ул. Землячки
(8442) 39-15-74
on the corner of Prospect Zhukova and Zemliachki st.

ул. Рабоче-Крестьянская, 14
(8442) 90-02-81
Raboche-Krestianskaia st. 14

Планета-сервис и К
ул. Рионская, 3
(8442) 36-64-20
(8442) 36-64-25
(8442) 36-64-26
Planeta-service e K
Rionskaia st. 3

PS: if gonna call from the local phone dont use (AREA CODE), u can direct, like 36-64-25 =)

11:24 PM  
Blogger Rudy said...

so sorry for some mistakes %)

11:26 PM  
Blogger tuktotheroad said...

Rudy, yet again you are our knight in shining armour- thanks so much xoxoxo

11:31 PM  
Blogger Rudy said...

...and let me know if u'll get any troubles ;)

11:33 PM  
Blogger Rudy said...

no problem, no problem, no problem =)

11:35 PM  
Blogger Bigsta said...

Hey.. saw you on the goggle box whilst eating me tea.. i don't normally remember web addresses for more than 2 seconds... but ur's was so good here i am..!! Good luck on the rest of your trip... hope the ting tong takes unleaded.. it's a buggars own job to find 4* these days >8-D
take it easy...

6:42 AM  
Blogger Bigsta said...

Hey !... saw you on the goggle box whilst eating my dinner yesterday.. it's not often i remember web addresses for more than 2 seconds, but ur's was so good.. here i am..! Hope the rest of your journey goes well and that Ting Ting takes unleaded as it's a buggars own job to find anything else these days...
take it easy >8-D

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