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Posted: Saturday, July 17, 2010 12:00 am

Who went: Dennis and Peggy Sims.

Occupation: Unimin and Pacific Coast Producers.

Hometown: Woodbridge.

Vacation spot: Odessa, Ukraine; Moldova, Germany; and Alsace.

Why did you go? It was a German from Russia homeland trip to go to the villages of our ancestors.

Was it a trip from heaven or that other place? It was the most interesting trip ever.

What was the best part of your trip? To see the villages where our ancestors come from and to see the houses that are still standing. Many of the villages are the same as in the 1800s, and still using horse and carts and no indoor plumbing.

What was the worst part of your trip? The only bad part of the trip was that the host family didn’t have water for two days. In the Ukraine, we could only use bottled water, even when brushing our teeth.

Did anything memorable happen? Staying with a host family in the former Gluckstal Russia, which is now Moldova and meeting all the wonderful people who made us feel at home.

Would you go back? Yes, we would like to have more time in Odessa and Germany and to learn more of the villages and their history.

Readers who submit snapshots published in the Lodi Living section receive a free Lodi News-Sentinel tote bag. Entries should include a quick description of your vacation, a snapshot, your name, address and phone number. Snapshots run in the order they are received.

Snapshots may be dropped off at the Lodi News-Sentinel during regular business hours or sent to Lodi Living, Snapshots, 125 N. Church St., Lodi, CA 95240.

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