Visit to Khortytsya Island
Zaporizhia’s most famous landmark is Khortytsya Island, which sits in the middle of the Dneiper River. The city of Zaporizhia is on both sides of the river, around the island. The island has a rich history, including that it was a base for the Cossaks, the warriors of the region. People lived there way back, thousands of years before American history even began. Also, during World War II, when Ukraine was occupied by the Germans, some important battles happened there.
Since today was Saturday, our host teacher, Lydia, and her husband, Sergei, took me and Carol to the island. We had a fabulous visit. There’s an area like Plimoth Plantation, with a recreation of a big fortress and the whole settlement. It’s interactive like Plimoth, and I got to try shooting an arrow and making my own coin. Check out the video to see how similar it actually looks!
We also trekked around the island, along the coast and into the woods. We even saw a HUGE wild boar, which I didn’t get to photograph. I was too worried about getting trampled to take out my camera! It was very cool to see though. At the end of our visit, we had a picnic and I taught Carol and Lydia a few balloon tricks. What a wonderful day! Check out the video to see it for yourself:
A few more favorite pictures: