(2) Clink clank… on the road again!
It doesn’t matter to which steering wheel, – tram, airplane or car. On the road again!
There is difficult in Europe to find a location where you can still find the old running door-less trams, with rattling wheels overcome rail missing links and make tourists look back, what’s that strange sound. Has long vanished memories of the old trams, which were dragged by horses in Amsterdam, Riga, London … Today, the old trams are like urban decoration. They have been transferred to the needs of tourists, shaking them through the streets of the old town. However, when you are in Portugal, one of the old cities Lisboa, old tram artery is pulsating even today. This is not just a tourist temptation, it is a daily routine seeing the brightly yellow tram conveying townspeople to the work, – pupils to school.
Clink clank – tram stops. Passengers climb over the high steps inside, and take their seats. As in those old days, a ticket inspector wearing a black suit, goes around passengers, making some jokes and offers to buy a ticket. Tram sweeps through the tortuous streets of the old town. The road bends are quite fast and doing the work, conductor must be nimble to keep the balance. Also, when doing driving and braking should be careful, especially on older people. The old tram’s design and its noisy “behavior” so clings to the old town’s atmosphere, that would be hard to imagine daily life without it.
However, this classical-style show, in some way, together with some new characters does not harmonize. Can you imagine how a young man has noticed an interest in, and developed a friendship with a 20-century classical style. An complete disharmony with modern attributes. Maintaining the 0ld-time manners and a smile, to passengers turns a tram driver – a young woman named Gilcinela Rodiegues. I encountered a genuine curiosity to learn something more about this smiling girl. When the tram stopped at the destination, Gilcinela gave me a few minutes of free conversation.
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Does not seem strange for a young person to drive the old-fashioned tram? Oh no, I do it with pleasure … almost three years, four times a week. I am a student, and with this work I earn studies.
So, you have not decided to spend all life to the tram’s steer wheel? (laughs). Even though, I like the work because it’s connected with people, yet I have other plans for the future. I study a subject, – public relations. This work helps me to build relationships with people, even though the work environment is very limited, I am accumulating a reservoir of everyday experience that will be useful in the future.
You have an old style uniform, how do you feel in this dress as a young student? I do not feel any discomfort wearing it. The very environment (tram) makes up for it and there is a requirement to be as a part of it.
It was a successful response.
Watching hers behavior and a smile, she really was like an integral part of the urban scene. There was no longer what to make or take away. Talk time had elapsed, and again on the way to go. Gilcinela stood at tram’s stairs, left the greetings and the old tram rattling rolled on, continuing to fill the urban scene.
P.M. Lisboa. Portugal
(1) Memory daylight
As the old adage says – where are growing large forests, there are good carpenters, where is lot of water, there are great seafarers.
It was a great event, which shook not only Zuidelijke Flevoland province, but all Holland. In 1981 during excavations, geologists suddenly struck on the unknown object fashioned wooden planks.
In the first moment, the discovery did not cause particular interest. However, carefully looking at the wooden planks, were able to conclude that it is only part of the eventual design. Archaeologists continued excavations and discovered several similar planks. When experts were invited, the hypothesis was that it could be a very long boat construction.
After intensive research, adding more and more new wood fragments, it was no longer a doubt – it was the design of the boat dated at about 1,335. Around 200 boats in the following structures were built in Kamperland. At that time, the port was a strategic center, which served as an important marketing tool, attracting partners from Sweden, Germany, and other Hanseatic Society branches.It should be noted, that, at that time in Amsterdam, there were only two, the following design boats.Summarizing all findings launching modeling initiative arose to build such a boat’s copy of the new materials. As Ina Hup remembers helping hand came from the Naval Academy students and other volunteers who enthusiastically took up this historical work. It took years, and in addition to the collection of information, because no one knew how to build such a structure.
13- 14th century, boats construction components were connected with wooden spikes. It is significant that the boat did not keel design because it was suitable for navigation through the canal. Boats balance was maintained with lead plates that were attached to the basic-floor. Ina Hup knew a lot to tell, because she is a member of the team together with the twelve people manning from the very first day, and occasionally organizes trips to Sweden, the Baltic States, Germany Crew is proud that it can recall the events of the 13th century and tell them to tourists. Also I, was proud that I was invited on board, and have a moment to witness the ancient events. As to thank the whole team I would like to wish, Goed Vaart!
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Total length 21.58m
Weight 45 t
Total weight 60 t
Mast height 22.40m 2500kg
Indeed, watching the hustle and bustle of the crew, it seemed to me that I am with this board people from the very beginning, in the 14th century. Team clothing were the same, as those in ancient times, when trade roamed. Just from a practical point of view, it was suitable for the hard work on the board. Coarse cotton fabric shirts and aprons that belted with wide leather straps to which, as a compulsory element was hung seaman dagger.
It was an enviable team cohesion, which could not be overlooked. The ship’s lower cabin was all one room, with a common table in the center. Here were stored food, there was economic activity, and on the corners could be seen positioned beds. Everything was as simple as it was then, in ancient times. Helmsman placing his hand on the steering wheel, looked forward to, once again be able to plow through the sea expanses.