On August 26, the participants of the round-the-world expedition were welcomed at the City Hall of La Coruña. On behalf of the King of Spain, the expedition team was presented with the symbol of the city, the Tower of Hercules. The crew told about the flag of peace, under which the ship Russian Ocean Way goes across the seas and countries and the mission of people’s diplomacy. In addition, representatives of Siberia and Galicia discussed scientific and environmental projects, as well as opportunities for Siberian tourism. The first agreements on international cooperation in these areas took place in La Coruña.
The second meeting of the expedition team Russian Ocean Way was held in La Coruña. Crew members Eugene Kovalevsky and Stanislav Beryozkin, as well as the head of the Coastal Center, Julia Kalyuzhnaya, visited the city hall of the port city. On behalf of King Philip VI of Spain, the expedition team was greeted by Jesús Javier Selemin, Counselor for Education, Historical Memory, Innovation, Industry and Employment at City Hall. On behalf of the king, the participants were given the symbol of the city of La Coruña, a miniature Tower of Hercules.
The Tower of Hercules is an ancient lighthouse that has stood on the outskirts of La Coruña for over 20 centuries. According to legend, this construction was erected after Hercules performed his tenth feat. Currently, the lighthouse is still working and is considered to be the only lighthouse in operation in the world, built back in the days of Ancient Rome.
Eugene Kovalevskiy spoke about the significance of the unprecedented round-the-world expedition and compared the Russian Ocean Way trimaran to the “ship of the world”:
“We are going under the flag of peace and everywhere we meet the inhabitants of our planet, communicate with them. People’s diplomacy is the relationship not between the presidents, but between ordinary people, and these relationships are built in all countries very warm and human”, – admitted the head of the expedition.
La Coruña is a city that has had several environmental disasters, the largest of which, an oil spill near the city’s shore, occurred in 1992. In this regard, the issues of ecology and environmental management are very acute in Galicia. D. in Geography, associate professor of Tomsk State University Yulia Kalyuzhnaya shared the experience of the Tomsk branch of the RGS in this area with the participants of the meeting, told about the joint research of climate with scientists of Tomsk scientific institutes and universities. The head of the Coastal Center invited the Spanish Geographical Society, representatives of the City Hall of La Coruña to join environmental projects, and spoke about the opportunities and diversity of tourism in Siberia.
“When I tell the people of Spain about Siberia and invite them to visit our places, I see a response in the eyes and hearts, I meet great enthusiasm. Moreover, we already have the first agreements with Spanish tour operators, who are interested in tourism in Siberia and are willing to get involved in this work, “- said Julia Kalyuzhnaya, coordinator of interregional tourist route “Golden Ring of Siberia” (Discover Siberia).
According to Yulia the people of La Coruña were very warm and compassionate to the crew: during the time the crew was in the city people who cared a lot were trying to help the expedition. So, on August 27 the trimaran Russian Ocean Way departed to Vigo, where, thanks to the Honorary Consul of Russia in Galicia Pedro Mourinho Usal, the ship is waiting at the shipyard for an overhaul and repair.