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Friday, April 27, 2007

Girls Day Out : Sudak - Nature's Whisper


Silence. Dullness. Of all words, only these can describe the day's atmosphere. It was a normal, sunny day of the spring season; classes and lectures ran as scheduled, and the birds were still chirping softly amidst the tree branches. Simply implying, no road accidents or thunderstorms could render the day odd. If Malay folks would put it into words, the class would seem 'senyap macam malaikat tengah lalu'. Until a voice dared squeak out.

"Eh, korang. Esok lecture takde. Kelas pun batal sebab Faculty Day. Cikgu kite kena attend Conference Path Anat. Satu hari kita free. Ape kite nak buat? Tak mau keluar pegi mana-mana ke?".

"Ha'ah kan. Lepas nie every weekend kita busy; ade macam-macam aktivitilah..dengan preparation untuk examnya. Esok jelah ade untuk kite keluar ramai-ramai. Sebelum perikse. Tapi...nak pegi mane?".

( At this moment, you may see fingers on top of hijabs, scratching non-itchy heads).

"Haa..kite pergila satu tempat yang semua orang belum pergi. Tempat yang tak perlu shopping, tapi boleh tenangkan fikiran..tengok alam sekitar..".

(What kind of a place..?)

"Sudaaakkkk!!!" cried a voice, second by the other.

Hence, on 8 am the following day, with food-filled-backpacks hunched along, we paced the university allies to the nearest bus station. Alhamdulillah, the clouds that day treated us nicely, for the predicted windy and rainy weather miraculously emerged into a sunny day; the temperature soothing our skin as warm and tender as could be. The mashrutka (translated : taxi van) driver volunteered to navigate our trip around Sudak; we felt thankful ever.

SUDAK; pashli!!!

Our main destination was Novi Svet (translated : New Color), somewhat a tourist spot where picturesque seashores, huge stones and hiker-mountains marveled the panorama.

Stumbling in front of an entrance at the left end of the shore, we discovered a hiking route map. Well, it did not state any treasure buries or jewelery findings of course; but it did say that we may encounter a cave.

A cave? Would there be bats and sarang-burungs? Hmmm...

Curious, we trailed along the path. Somehow we felt like Doraemon encountering a secret entrance through his 'pintu-suka-hati'. *wink*wink*

At last!!We found the cave..Subhanallah..goodness! Our eyes stared with awe; our jaws hung wide - our sympatoadrenal systems instantly clicked themselves on.

This well seemed shallow from above - tapi dalam sebenar Allah saja yang tahu.

Cave already found - so the journey continues.

Believe my words - the color of the sea water was pure aqua-turquoise, alike painting colors.

Climbing up...

...descending down...

..steep and hollow, you may see...

The clock struck 1 pm. We made a stop at the huge stones along the seashore, and performed our ablution and solah. Sangat tenang bila menunaikan ibadah di tempat-tempat sunyi seperti ini; being aborigine-like, we were practically using pure sea water for wudhu', and stones, the sand and pebbles being the ground for us to pray on. Masa ni memang betul-betul terasa kebesaran Allah; Maha Suci Allah, yang menciptakan segala sesuatu bermanfaat, berasbab, cantik dan sempurna...beautiful are His creations, as the Creator of all beings...

Halfway through the journey, an hour later, we stopped at the edge of the cliffs and unpacked our bag, for our li'l tummies were starting to grumble. By this moment we were already soaking wet, hence the trench-removing. Perhaps because of being too in a hustle, lunch merely consisted of steamed rice, cookies, wafers, ice lemon tea and...SAKIEY'S MOM'S HOME-MADE SERUNDING. Wowwiiee~~

As all stomaches were full and bodies energetically-fueled, we proceeded trailing downwards. Initially we did get lost - no tourists or passers-by were seen around to associate us towards the end, for the track led us to three different paths, and no evident landmarks could tell us which of them was the 'road not taken'. As the day was seeking its dawn, we had no choice, but to return towards the initial entrance.

Our next stop..the SUDAK FORTRESS MUSEUM, which in a way resembles China's Great Wall (except that it isn't THAT massive and long).

Stepping inside...

Our version of..Tugu Negara..?Erk..

Having been strolling along the green hills of the fortress museum, it signaled our final stopping-place; the city centre. Awkwardly, despite its name, the place connoted a vice-versa like vista; it was more of a country side, and way too far detailed from the city centres that dwelled on our motherland. Many hotels could be seen standing high, and huge bungalows prettified the lawns and hills too. And yes, the place was very, very, quiet; it was even hard to see the citizen folks in sight, be it to shop or for work; only a few cars could be heard roaring by.

A desert-characteristic-like restaurant, (which was not open) as you may see the hay being the roof, and twigs and branches stalked together, being the gate. If it does open, I wonder how much profit would they earn a day.

We found out later by a citizen that Sudak's peak time of flooding tourist-visits is during summer - which implicitly explains the scarce emptiness. Nevertheless, I would say it is a rather perfect spot for nature-enthusiasts and environmentalists. And also for newlyweds planning for low budget hassle free honeymoons. Wooo... :P

I leave with you the number of the taxi driver who guided our trip; just so if these pictures might tempt any readers to come and have a stop-by.

Vladimir Sergeevich :+380505894920.

Be sure to have proficiency in Russian Language, or else ask a student to hitch along. And a Russian dictionary might come in handy too.

Excursions..anyone? :)

ps: saya dedicate post ni khas untuk kak Aisyah..terima kasih untuk gambar-gambar itu..kirim salam pada Daffodils of Dundee ya.. :)


Anonymous said...

waaa!!!! sarah!! awak membuatkan saya mahu ke sanaaaaa!!!! huhuhu.... bestnyaaaa....

takpe2 nanti kite plan camne nak gi sana! and jumpa awak sekali =)

sarahss said...

yee..mstii!!!hehe..insyaAllah klau akak dtg cni kter bwk akak gie sudak ye...

afie911 said...

The pictures are yummmmmyyyyy! Nak pergi! Nak pergi! =D

Subhanallah. =)

hiyoshi said...

Was your group the only living beings there? For from the pictures, it certainly seems so!

But the view really is spectacular Subhanallah.

p.s. Never knew girls could be so good at posing for the camera ~

sarahss said...


the pictures are yummyyy..??teehee..well we almost got seduced by the the see blueness to have a jump and swim around. Mail dtg..maila..


for that moment, yes, we were the only ones there. Sounds a wee bit creepy. Huhu.

ps: ever knew what "girl power" signifies? hehe~

Mama Sarah said...

hiyoshi : believe what you see!

sarah, you girls remid me of my student years... seronoknya! i might the taxi driver's number :)

hiyoshi said...

*terbayang rupa Puan Mama Sarah berposing di hadapan kamera*

Kemudian teringat bahawa beliau sudah selalu berbuat demikian di laman web Mynn

Mama Sarah said...

hiyoshi: tu namanya mangsa keadaan. haha...

sarahss said...

mama sarah

hehe..student years are fun...but i think 'family' years are funnier?*wink*wink*


mungkinkah satu hari hiyoshi akan begitu juge...? :)

"the Dude" said...

Both beautiful and brave are his creation...looks like a great adventure...must be the Black Sea (Euxine), but I didn'tknow it was so blue and clear...I never been there but I've got scuba and free-diving friends that go there and also go cave diving in that area.

I'm in Calif. and poor, so going there is just a dream, but thanks for sharing this nature hike, terima kasih :)

rohit said...

very....awosome....blog..in every sense....in my whole life time i have not seen such a nice funny ethustic energitic beautiful girl.....creedits goes to u..!! keep it up....

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