at przemysl, a polish town close to the border with ukraine. the train tracks in ukraine are a different width to the ones in poland, so the train has to be picked up and literally "flown" over to the adjacent tracks. when I heard about this I had images of burly men in greasy overalls heave-ho'ing the train up with their bare hands. the burly men were there in effect but thankfully for them they had lifting devices to aid with the process. anything that manages to get to grips with these massive old soviet behemoths (I'm talking about the trains here, not the burly men) must be a masterly feet of engineering. it takes two hours to shift the whole train and the noise produced while the carriages are being "flown" is like fingernails being dragged slowly, painfully down a blackboard.
pic 4 - over the border. hurrah!
this year I went on holiday armed with the latest in hi-tech cutting-edge photographic equipment. my inventory read a bit like this:
1 a holga 120 cfn camera (made of plastic)
2 a home made pinhole camera (made of cardboard)
3 a mitsuca pc-680 'idiot camera' (mainly plastic)
4 ...and a cameraphone
the results of these I am hoping to blog. unfortunately 120 film is a tad pricey to develop and I'm a bit out of pocket after this holiday, so the developing-to-blogging process may take a while!
anyone want to guess where I spent the holiday? there's a subtle picture clue above. first moblogger with the right answer wins something...
ok so I'm never going to rival mr def_null at recording and cataloguing every last little detail of the botanical world... I just reckoned that having a few cool plants on my 'blog would make it look a bit more wholesome.