Travel Blogs from Vladivostok
... and Caucasus. Just two hours flying from Seoul, and we arrived to Vladivostok. Contrast is striking. Of course, there are changes but many things remind us our past. It is nice to walk around Vladivostok - sometimes the city remind us Odessa: a big port and a resort atmosphere. There are campers on the quay including young Indian mariners in a snow-white uniform (they participate in a military sea drill this week).
The old city is similar to other Russian ...
... shop address, and I had remembered it correctly, but there was no evidence of the shop. Either it had closed, or more likely, the retired navy fellow closed in the winter when there were very few tourists. So, we headed for the GUM store which was more like the GUM store in Moscow when Cath and Lynn had visited in 2001 - a building filled with individual stalls and where you ask to see merchandise behind the counter. There were souvenir shops on ...
... t long before I boarded my lime green Siberian Airlines plane. Felt a bit sad as the plane taxied to the runway that I was leaving this wonderful country. The plane started down the runway, and I craned my neck to look out the window to see Russia one last time. Only a few seconds after take off, cloud hid Russia from my sight, but not my heart. I loved her from afar for years, and now I know my affections were not misplaced. Dasvidanya Russia. We will be together again ...
... But then, we were introduced to Barbara Watson who had been to Russia only the year before. After listening to Barbara, we had hit panic stations! She had horror stories to tell us about their experience with Customs in Vladivostok! It's true that they problems started before they left Australia because of industrial action by Patricks, but they basically told us that we had to provide a DETAILED inventory, eg 4 x bowls, 4 x spoons, etc.
So, we used ...
Bed time rolled around, so I retired to the dorm, only to be woken every couple of hours by a guy who was the loudest snorer EVER - I am a pretty heavy sleeper and thought I had drunk enough to knock myself out, but obviously I need to step my game up! He had said that he had done the trans-Siberian; I feel for whoever he shared a cab with! Thank god its not us!
Today we went to ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet