Kiev Commonwealth of Naturists
"Naturally" # 37 (Winter 2000/01)CRIMEAN ODYSSEY 2000 by Peter H. Dietrich
Republic is a large peninsula in the far south of Ukraine, and it was restored
as an independent state within Ukraine in February 1991. It has a population of
over 2.5 million, and large numbers of Crimean Tartars have returned since
independence from the USSR, so 1 in 12 residents is a member of this nation.
When my friend, Andrii Litovchenko, president of the Kiev Commonwealth of Naturists, suggested a visit to this region, I jumped at the opportunity, knowing that the late Robbert Broekstra had enjoyed his visit so much three years ago. My plan was to continue the film I had begun last summer about Ukrainian naturism, and also to work on a project for a photo album/diary of this "Odyssey." I had seen many videos and photos of Andrii's past trips, and felt pretty inspired by them.
Anna, Olga, Gala and her 10-year-old son Pavlik, Andrii and I was
set up in Kiev. Andrii then spent several days and nights in his garage
preparing our future means of transport, his 15-year-old Opel estate
car, which I already had the dubious pleasure of pushing at a very busy
Kiev junction! But Andrii was optimistic and assured me that it was a "beeootiful"
car and very reliable. I have to confess, I didn't really share his
optimism. We went ahead with our preparations, buying food, camping
gear, and all we needed for our trip to come.
lunch stopover by a lake quickly established Pavlik as our little
"Mowgli," who had within the first five minutes captured frogs, eels,
and a few strange insects. His mother Gala explained that he was a keen
and budding naturalist; added to his naturist upbringing, he soon became
the impromptu star of my new film.
refreshing swim in the Crimean northern canal revived our bodies and
spirits, and we pushed on toward the south coast and our final
destination, Lysya Bukta (Fox Bay), where naturists have been gathering
each summer for many years.
knowledgeably described the landscape and its flora. At Sudak castle
the very summit our naked photo and video shoot was witnessed by
several tourists who also enjoyed snapping our ladies with smiles. No
scandals here, as body acceptance seems to be the norm everywhere you
go. I literally followed in Robbert's footsteps, walking along the beach
to the nearest village to shop, then back again laden with bags and
filled with supplies and a sense of accomplishment. Home-cooked food is
brought by women and children who trek miles, each day, to sell their
wares and wine to this naked society.
Our last day,
after two weeks, was at Semeis for some underwater diving and final filming
above and below water. Then we began our long trek back to Kiev, filled with
joy, and a little melancholy as all we had experienced as a group began to sink
in. And when Andrii spoke about returning next summer, for a longer time, and
maybe including some American or English families who would like to try this
kind of naturism, I knew that I wanted to be included again ... Pavlik, too, who
told us it had been the best holiday he ever had in his long (10-year-old) life!
Plans are now underway for next summer's odyssey, returning to the Crimean Republic, the rocky land of sun and sea, adventure and beauty, and a naturalist paradise for naturists.
Anyone interested in joining this summer's Crimean trip may contact the autor c/o this magazine, or write to: Andrii Litovchenko, PO Box 74, Kiev 213, Ukraine. - e-mail: email@example.com
Peter H. Dietrich
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