This Boat Notes will take you from Rostov-on Don, "The Port of Five Seas" all the way to Moscow, the capital of Russia. I had a unique chance to sail though the docks of Volga-Don Canal, an amazing man-made waterway from Soviet times. To see Astrakhan and continue on to the Volga River, the longest river in the European territory of Russia, often called Mother Volga. I saw Russia's different regions and get a feeling for South Eastern Russia with its link to Asia and the Orient and European Russia - Imperial Russia. Every day Alexander Münninghof gave a lecture on the Russian Soul, poetry and the ordinary life.
The Background of Alexander Münninghof: his father fought for the Waffen SS on the Eastern Front, his grandmother was a Russian countess. He studied Slavic language and literature at Leiden University and at the University of Amsterdam. Münninghoff previously worked for the MID as an instructor for Russian. As a journalist he was a correspondent in Moscow for the Haagsche Courant between 1986 and 1991. For the same newspaper he was a war correspondent in Cambodia and El Salvador. He also defeated the First Gulf War between Iran and Iraq. In 2014 he published the eventful history of his family under the title De stamhouder. A bestseller. A family chronicle. For this book he received the Libris History Prize on 25 October 2015.