Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bering Island and the boys............Part II

With the sun continuing to shine graciously, our 
remaining time on Bering Island was used to 
saunter through the older part of Nikolskoe Village.  

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While our lovely 'home away from home' waited at anchor 
in the distance, we took time to gather images of the 
original village, a few buildings still occupied - 
but peeling paint, rotting wood, 
collapsing structures............all so  
much more interesting and loaded with history 
than the shiny, bright colored, new construction 
up on the hillside.
The old refurbished building is the village museum which was 
really interesting, and such a beautiful blue........
more history of Bering Island (the Commander Islands)can be found here.
Loved this mural depicting a girl riding an Orca whale....
Memorial to explorer Vitus Bering - he is actually buried on the island in another location.
And then there were the village boys...the Bering Boys 
as I call them, whose lives on this small, 
treeless, usually foggy, remote island 
are so very different from what most kids 
experience in this modern age. We wondered what 
the future holds for them......there is no higher 
education available unless they leave their 
island. There is no real employment on the island, 
it seems most of the 600 or so people live on 
government subsidies.

These boys were fascinated by our Zodiacs and loved 
having a chance to take a ride. They were quiet 
and very well behaved.
As our passengers were transported back and forth 
to the ship, the expedition crew allowed groups of 
boys to travel with us. Although we were unable to 
converse with them - they spoke no English - just 
seeing their joyful expressions and hearing their 
whispers to each other, we knew they were having 
the time of their lives. Looking back and viewing 
their island from the ocean must have been exciting.
Expedition crew member, Jamie, taking the boys for a ride.
These last two images, the boys silhouetted in the late 
afternoon sun of a beautiful day at the shore..............
....and the metal sculpture of the welcoming, or perhaps 
saying 'goodbye', angel ~ is how I will remember my 
visit to fascinating Bering Island..............

Next time: Return to Petropavlovsk, disembarkation, and flying across Siberia to Moscow.


  1. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a Bering Island 'Lars' for these young boys - who would buy them an old Zodiac which they could learn to maintain and handle bringing some learning, fun and adventure into their young lives.

  2. It has to be an incredibly hard life for the people who live there. But what a thrill it must have been for those Bering boys to get to ride in the Zodiac!

  3. Those boys must have been so thrilled to ride the Zodiac. Loved seeing the old buildings.

  4. Oh, how sweet! I love all of this..the photos and your writing about those cute little boys! Was that your idea to give them a ride? What a thoughtful thing to do!


  5. We tend to forget that many do not have the luxuries we take for granted like supermarkets and jobs.

  6. I am new to your blog....what ship do you travel on? and do you use same travel arrangements for all of your trips?

  7. I love that last photo of the boys on the island with the boat in the background. Seems to symbolize their world and the world beyond. I do wonder what will happen to them.

  8. I loved each and every picture from the peeling paint to the boys on the beach, and the bright shining colors of the new buildings in between.


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