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Jun 30, 2011 - Adeiu, Russia

My last day on the road often seems to spring a pleasant surprise, notwithstanding my recent woes in Manila (when I was pick-pocketed twice within 24 hours of my departure). My work largely over and sweet home in sight, I usually spend the final hours relaxed and on an excursion around the capital or whichever city I'm flying out of. Probably the most memorable final day was three years ago on my last research trip to Russia, when I took an illegal excursion to the incredible City of the Dead in Dargavs, North Ossetia, followed by a moving...

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Far East Chronicles

Jun 17, 2011 - Bidding Adieu to the Bear

And we return to our previously scheduled programming after a brief hiatus to finish Cambodia book ... From Yakutsk I was en route to Vladivostok to reunite with the Bear. There is, of course, a story to tell about travelling around Asia with my pop for a month-plus. Cambodia, Beijing and Mongolia were one thing, because tourists actually go there and it's easy to stay entertained. The Far East of Russia, where we'd been for more than three weeks by now, is an entirely different beast. Long train trips and anonymous cities that simply...

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Far East Chronicles

May 12, 2010 - Rock N Roll Cruising

ALOHA ALL: A day at sea is a delightful space of time. We have coffee/tea and sometimes continental breakfast delivered to our room as our wake-up call. Plan for the day's activities from the 'Patter' and hope for a movie in the theater. So far on the entire trip we've viewed 13 movies. I decided to try Line Dance classes, after all. It is a 45 minute work-out. We learn 3 routines per session. The real test came at the 'Hoe Down Night' where there were 12 rows of 10per up on the floor without any mishaps. We decided not to do Bridge on this...

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May 11, 2010 - Vladivostok-David's Tour

ALOHA ALL: i arived at the Princess Theater on time at 8:10AM for my tour. Bus #3 was shared with another small group, as part of our tour was a home visit. Aresident of the town was to welcome us into their apartment. Part 2 of the excursion included a stop at a school for children ages 7-17. The students plan to entertain us by singing and dancing in traditional costumes. Our tour was made of 5 mini-busses. We crowded into a small auditorium to see the show. Nine girls and their teacher were very charming and beautiful. A great time for...

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May 10, 2010 - VLADIVOSTOK

ALOHA ALL: We have the quietest room on the ship...forward, and so noone walking by talking...inside-no car alarms or sirens. A big disadvantage, however, is that we can't see the weather without a trek to another deck. We didn't do that this morning, should have, especially since it was so COLD in Korea. David left for an 8:10AM meet & bus tour, which he'll tell in his own words. I, on the other hand, had a 9:20meet for a 'walking tour'. What a shock when people started putting on their ponchos before entering the gangway. It was...

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Sep 1, 2008 - Vladivostok

Llegamos al Señor (Vladi) del Oriente (Vostok), fin de nuestra fenomenalísima aventura, a las 12 de la noche y a las 7 a. m. (hora de Moscú y local). Vladivostok es la base de la flota naval rusa del Pacífico, pero aparte de este puerto militar y otras atracciones del mismo tipo, militar (hasta 1990 Vladi estuvo cerrada incluso para soviéticos), esta ciudad no tiene mucho que mostrar, en cualquier caso, he estado disfrutando el grande éxito de mi viaje y descansando así que sinceramente lo único que hice fue escalar la montaña del águila...

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Aug 22, 2008 - Vladivostok

After 9289 kilometers, roughly 150 hours, and seven time zones, Kara and I got off our last kupe train car, said goodbye to our last Provodnitsa, drank our last cup of instant coffee in a крушка, and we said our goodbyes for now to the Trans-Siberian Railroad. We got off at Vladivostok and made our way to our last hotel in Russia. While we were definitely sad about getting on our last train and sleeping our last night with roommates, Kara and I are both in complete disbelief that we are actually looking east, and not west, at the Pacific...

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Jul 19, 2008 - Impressions from Vlad

Day 6: Vladivostok Got an early start this morning, taking breakfast at our hotel (fairly standard fare) and heading out for our walking tour by 9:00. Our Aussie friend, Susan, is graciously storing our bags in her room this afternoon since we had to check out by noon. Since our train doesn't leave until 10:00 tonight, we decided to pay to share a room extension. Susan had never had maple syrup, so we gave her a bottle and she introduced Laura to Vegemite. Really enjoyed walking around the very hilly Vladivostok! It is a really unusual mix...

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Jul 18, 2008 - VLADIVOSTOK

Day 5: Vladivostok After months of planning, and much apprehension, we have made it to the Russian Federation!! To think that only 20 years ago it was IMPOSSIBLE (literally) to come to this city on the East coast of Russia ... Yet here we are! Our flight with Korean Air was fantastic, good food and complementary headphones in a fancy little box. Lots of turbulence over the Sea of Japan. We landed at Vladivostok Airport but it might as well have been Huronia Airport ... just a small clearing in the trees! Unfortunately we were not able to...

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Jun 3, 2006 - Russia, Chinese border

25/5/06 Two carriages of the original train including ours were disconnected and jacked up and the wheels were changed to a different guage. We got off and went up to the little village that was there. We found an ATM and got Russian Roubles out and went to the general store which sold all sorts of yummy food, which was just as well, as we did not bring much with us. It was all European deli type food, yum. We had been missing things like cheese and bread and dairy products in China. The changeover took hours and then we went a bit further...

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Jun 3, 2006 - Vladivostok

26/5/06 We got off the train in Vladivostok and said goodbye to Michael and walked to our hotel. I had printed out a map of Vladivostok back at home so we followed this. We stayed at the Equator hotel, which had a view of the ocean, was expensive, but the cheapest hotel we could find, and was a bit of a dive! We had breakfast in the restaurant, bacon and eggs, yum. The first day we walked around and had lunch at a Russian restaurant. It was cool and sunny. The food was pretty exciting after all those weeks of Chinese food. Soup, dumplings,...

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Oct 15, 2005 - Vladivostock, Russia

We arrived in this largest eastern Russia port at 5am. No we were not up yet, but the Capt told us that we did. It was noticably cooler than when we left Japan, but we are considerably further north. It did not get light until a little after 8am and when it did I learned that we were parked almost in the center of town.On one side of us were moored several Russian warships and a hospital ship with large Re Crosses painted on it and on the other side we were 100 yards from the main railroad station, which is the eastern end of the trans...

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