Blogs from Kamchatka, Far East, Russia, Europe - page 2


Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka July 9th 2012

Wet weather in Petropavlovsk? Plans gone astray? Then it's time to make the trip to Ecco. A 10 hour bus ride north from Petropavlsk brings you to Ecco a cute little village with about 4,000 inhabitants. The bus departs from the main bus station at 9 am promptly. If you are slightly late the bus does not wait. Therefore if you are using one of the only wifi outlets in the city centre and it's 5 mins until the bus departure and your located 10 minutes away - well you better run like hell. Contrary to our sources we arrive after a shaky ride to rain and a chill in the air. After finding out that the local guesthouses and hotels are well over priced we decide to stay in some local cabins by the public ... read more
Ecco Fauna 2
Eveian Woodwork replica

Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka July 7th 2012

The airport in Petropavlsk has got to be one of the most scenic airports in the world to fly in to. When flying in from Moscow as you descend through the clouds, a gorgeous panorama of green hills opens in front of you. Mix in the ocean and a scattering of dacha houses and Kamchatka takes your breath away from the moment you land. The airport itself is located in Yelizovo and is probably the smallest airport I had seen at that point in my life. A small landing strip and a welcome sign greets you as you walk along the runway to exit the airport. The baggage is delivered in a small room, a bit bigger than my grandparents living area back home. As you leave don't forget to look behind you, as a magestic ... read more
Sun sets over Petropavlvsk
Yelizovo welcomes you
Mum is welcomed by the airport

Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka August 26th 2011

Ira dropped me off at the airport before going to work – consequently I was there well in advance. In some way it was a good thing – given that not many people use online check-in I actually got a window seat :) I went through the security check and sat down in the waiting area listening to music and observing people. Khabarovsk airport has four gates – so there are probably like four ladies doing the boarding for all the flights. The most important skill in that position is probably to have a loud voice – the ladies are actually walking and screaming through the whole waiting area “last passengers to Moscow, flight 1234, please board at gate 3’’ after they announced the last call for this flight at least half an hour ago :) ... read more
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Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka April 11th 2011

My time in Anavgay began naked, outdoors, in -20°C. Readers, please don't get excited: no photos were taken, since in that situation the last thing one thinks about is fiddling around with a camera. But how did I find myself in such circumstances at night in a wooden-shack indigenous village, population 600, in the middle of the Kamchatkan wilderness, one might ask? Good question. We had arrived here, at the end of the road north, with lorry drivers who still had thirty six hours to drive along frozen river surfaces to the isolated town of Palana. Having stepped out of the lorries and quickly realising that sleeping in the tent was a very undesirable option, we stopped the first passer-by we saw, a girl in her late teens, and dropped the one name we could: Nikolai ... read more
Egor scanning the mountains, somewhere vaguely near Anavgay, Kamchatka
Scenery when crossing the mountain pass, vaguely near Anavgay, Kamchatka
Egor on a snowmobile, Kamchatka

Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka April 8th 2011

Considering the title of this blog, the fact that the crust rupture in question erupts spectacularly every year or two and not forgetting the other potential attractions in the area, such as pretty much guaranteed sightings of the Kamchatka Brown Bear (in summer), one might expect the nearby town of Klyuchi to have some sort of infrastructure, or at least be easily accessible. Not so. Its snow-buried sprawl of wooden shacks lies 600km of dirt road north of Kamchatka's capital and is located in one of the Far East's many closed areas, places where no one, Russian or otherwise, is allowed to go unless they live there or have obtained a temporary permit. Which is why, at 9am on a Monday morning, I found myself hanging around by the roadside just out of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, with Kostya. ... read more
Scenery on the way from Elisovo to Milkovo
Scenery on the road just outside of Elisovo
The extremely cheery and maybe drunk lorry driver who picked us up in Elisovo

Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka April 3rd 2011

Eight time zones and half the world away from Moscow, Russia's Kamchatka peninsula dangles into the Northern Pacific like the straggling tail of a large beast on the run. Despite its wealth in gold and oil, despite the deep-pocketed tourists who shell out $2000 an hour on helicopter rides over its 300 active volcanoes and pay thousands more to hunt the bears, lynxes and wolverines that infest its endless mountain ranges and forests, the corrupt officials who run this easternmost province have ensured that it remains the most woefully godforsaken of all the far flung Russian regions I have visited. "Get out of our capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, as soon as you can," a local vulcanologist called Ilya, who I had been in contact with through Couchsurfing, told me before I arrived. "It's one of the most disgusting ... read more
Sunset, Avacha Bay, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Boats on Avacha Bay, evening, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Market, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka October 10th 2010

kamchatka petropavlosk, russia We arrived in Kamchatka after a fuel stop in Anchorage on 10/3 after crossing the international date line and loosing a day. This is erraneously referred often as Siberia but only constitutes part of the peninsula. It has more than 160 volcanoes , 29 of them active which create more than 20 climate zones. I only experienced the cold ones there. The harbour of Petropavlosk does not freeze over in winter making it an ideal military post now and in the past/ WW2. We ate lots of fabulous salmon - although I heard some complaints after the 4 th meal. Overall, an experience but not something I want to come back to. ... read more
kamchatka harbour
fishing gear 1840s

Europe » Russia » Far East » Kamchatka August 22nd 2008

Well, it’s been a little while since I last updated this thing, so I figured it was time to do it again. First off, I’m not actually in Kamchatka, Russia, I’m out in the middle of the Bering Sea on the way to Petropavlosk a small city on the Kamchatka Penisula. Anyways, I’ve been on the Sun Princess for nearly three weeks now having gotten on in Honolulu at the beginning of the month. Like I said in the last post, I’m working as youth staff for this contract (and probably for the rest of them as well) which means that I’m there to entertain the kids on board, kind of like day camp on a boat. The funny thing though is that they brought my roommate (another Canadian youth staffer) and I on in Hawaii ... read more

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