07-Aug-2002 -- Four hours more to go to Saint Petersburg, and this means: We are again at
the confluence near Gogland Island.
In our former two visits we explained that Russia's Westernmost point is
Gogland Island. This is not perfectly true, although not completely
incorrect as well:
There was a Russian singer, named Mark Bernes, famous in the 50-ies and
60-ies, and he once sang a song with the title: "S-chego nachinaytsya
rodina?" - translated: "With what begins your Fatherland?"
Mark Bernes with this song did not intend to explain it in geographical
terms. Russia is so unimaginably huge that nobody cares how huge it is. He
rather wanted to appeal to the Russians' love for their fatherland, so he
asked "does your fatherland begin with your first schoolbook, with whom you
are learning the cyrillic alphabet, or does it begin with the first lullaby
your mother sings ...?"
Confluences are a geographical matter, however, and under this point of view
Russia begins with a very small Island in the Gulf of Finland, a little bit
farther West of Gogland, - Ostrov Rodsher (Rodsher Island). The Island is almost too small for all these houses on it!
The next group of islets on our way to the confluence are
even tinier islets. The Ostrov Virginyy (the Russian Virgin Islands, so to
say ...). There are Northen Ostrov Virginyy , and Southern Ostrov Virginyy.
The next islands to pass are the Tyuters Islands, of whom there are two as
well, Malyy Tyuters (Small Tyuters) and Bol'shoy
Tyuters (Great Tyuters).
Finally we arrive at the Confluence, and we see the densely wooded Gogland Island.
Mys (Cape) Lounatrivi, the Southernmost tip of
Gogland Island, with its lighthouse, is already well known to us.