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Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok September 7th 2019

8-21-2019 At sea Hom nay tau di tren Sea of Japan de den Vladivostok, Russia. 8-22-2019 Vladivostok, Russia 60F Day la thanh pho cua Nga va duoc thanh lap nam 1860 co 604,000 nguoi song tai day, cach Moscow 9,000km. La The Easternmost Russian City. La thu do cua Primorsky rai, Russia. Cach bien gioi cua North Korea va China khong xa khoang 515 km va cach Japan khoang 775km. Thanh pho nay co sea Port lon nhat Russia Pacific coast. Truoc kia vung dat nay la cua China duoi thoi Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, Qing…truoc khi thuoc ve Nhat do hiep uoc Beijing Treaty nam 1860 duoi thoi Qing China. Khi tau thua tran chien Bach Phien Opium war voi Anh roi thi Tau khong the giu Vladivostok ma luc do ten la Haishenwai va ... read more

Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok September 7th 2019

8-24-2019 Korsakov, Sakhalin Island, Russia 61F Korsakov la thu do cua Korsakovsky District. Nam phia Nam cuoi cung cua dao Sakhalin. Co 33,000 dan song o day. Sakhalin la dao lon nhat nuoc Nga co 500,000 dan mat do la 8 nguoi/km2. Sakhalin la noi tranh chap lau dai giua Nga va Nhat vi o day co nhieu dau lua. Co nhieu bo lac song tren dao nay. Vao the ky 17th ca Nga va Nhat muon chiem dao nay de roi dao nay duoc chia lam 2, phia Bac thuoc Nga phia Nam thuoc Nhat, Truoc do, Tu nam 1790 vung nay thuoc Nga chiem dong. Den chien tranh Russo-Japanese War nam 1904, 1905 trong tran chien Korsakov nam 1904 va 1905 Nhat chiem toan dao Sakhalin trong do ca vung Korsakov nam phia Nam ... read more

Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok September 3rd 2019

I would be the first to tell you I have not traversed our great earth by rail. But I have circled the globe using a combination of rail and air. My journey is highlighted in italics, as follows: Now train enthusiasts can ride the rails around the world on one 57-day trip. Conveniently planned by Railbookers, an independent rail vacation operator, this Around the World by Rail journey takes travelers across four continents, making stops in more than 20 cities and five national parks (four in the United States and one in Mongolia!) along the way. Beginning in Chicago, you’ll board Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited to New York for your first of 11 overnight train rides. After a few days exploring the city, you’ll fly... read more
Danger on the rails
My rail world

Europe » Russia » Far East June 18th 2019

Heute geht es erst einmal von Magadan nach Anadyr, kurz vor der Beringstraße, der letzte Stopp in Russland. Hier sollte eigentlich übernachtet werden, aber aufgrund von Genehmigungsproblemen, ich hatte das bereits erwähnt, machen wir dort nur einen Tankstopp und dann geht es gleich weiter über die Behringstraße nach Alaska. Die etwas spannende US-Einreiseprozedur (Stichwort eAPIS) wollten wir ursprünglich in Nome (PAOM) erledigen, aber das schaffen wir nicht bis Dienstschluss der Behörden. Also disponieren wir um und plannen unsere Einreise in Anchorage (PANC). Es wird ein Nachtflug werden. Landezeit in Anchorage 1:15, also eine gute Stunde nach Mitternacht.... read more
Ostzipfel Russlands

Europe » Russia » Far East June 17th 2019

Nach 3:15 Flugzeit mit ordentlich Gegenwind sind wir in Magadan (UHMM) angekommen. Leider mussten wir eine Crew (D-ITWL) wegen technischer Probleme mit der Druckkabine in Yakutsk zurücklassen. Sehr schade. Wir drücken die Daumen, dass die Probleme schnell gelöst werden können. In Yakutsk hatten wir noch 24 Grad mit praller Sonne, hier nur noch 7 Grad bei Dauerregen. Sehr ungemütlich; passt aber auch irgendwie zur Zentrale von Stalins Gulag-Systems. Der Anflug auf das ILS10 war richtig in IMC, aber kein Problem. Alles hat bestens funktioniert. Ein Shuttlebus bringt uns in die ca. 40km entfernte Stadt Magadan. Die Umgebung sieht eher trübe aus, passend zum Wetter. Die Hügel sind in Wolken, teilweise noch Reste von Schnee. Man sieht einige unbewohnte Häuser und vieles ziemlich heruntergekommen. Die Region hat nach dem Zusammenbruch der Sowietunion einen erheblichen Bevölkerungss... read more
Kanadischer Weltumrunder hat Probleme
Tankung Jet-A1 (Kerosin)
Das Hotel am Airport

Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok June 3rd 2019

Maybe for me, it should read, "How to Make Friends in a New Country?" If you travel solo as I do, often, the solitude works both ways. In most cases, it is preferred. In some cases, it would be nice to have a lively discussion or companion for a concert or event. I am not talking about "bar talk" or chat rooms. I am talking about real people, perhaps with common interests, with no hidden agendas. Is this really possible in the current environment? Yes, if you proceed carefully and methodically. But that does not rule out the totally "out of the blue" opportunity, when the planets align, and the interests are obvious and mutual. First, sharing a cab or Uber is a great way to start a conversation, in a safe and neutral ground. In ... read more
Two wild and crazy guys
New friends in Amsterdam
Kadewe bubbles

Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok January 9th 2018

As of today, January 2, 2018, forty of our fifty states are under a severe weather warning. Here are a few cold places I have visited: Vladivostok is in url=’s Far East, near the country’s border with China. Average January temperatures reach url= read more
Poor puppies!
Ice bath?
Cold bike ride, or just crazy?

Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok March 12th 2017

Дoбpый дeнь (Dobri dyen) Good day. Education is light. The lack of it is darkness. Russian Proverb. The Provodnitsa (attendant) is the boss. She’ll ensure that all will be well and that all will comply. Resistance is futile. She must be obeyed… Our favourite Provodnitsa was during our first-class train trip from Khabarovsk to Vladivostok. She was our travel mom, our carriage attendant, she checked on us, gave us food and towels. She even told Theresa to get her shoes off the bed, keeping with the standards of first class travel and first class riders. Behave or be disciplined. And never stare her in the eyes! Riding first class is the way to go. We had our own comfortable cabin for our train rides as we trundled across Siberia. Many an hour was spent looking out ... read more
Big guns
Decemberists Museum
Crumbling sidewalks

Europe » Russia » Far East » Yakutsk February 21st 2017

"You know it's cold outside when you go outside and it's cold" A seven hour overnight flight and a six hour time difference from Moscow is the Far Eastern city of Yakutsk, in Russia’s Sakha Republic. Yakutsk (Якyтcк) is a city of quarter of a million people, and is the coldest city in the world, regularly dipping below minus 50ºC in the winter (occasionally below minus 60ºC). It was, however, a relatively mild minus 37ºC or so for most of the time we were there. The cold felt very comfortable actually, due to the fact that we were prepared for it and there was no wind (unlike a brutal arctic northwesterly back home in Churchill). We were bundled up in many layers of down and fleece, we donned mighty mittens, clumsy boots and thick woolly hats. ... read more
The Lena Pillars
Walking the Lena
The Mighty Lena

Europe » Russia » Far East » Vladivostok September 2nd 2016

So, I decided to add up the miles I have traveled by rail, including three trips across the U.S., and a trip across the Russia (one third of the earth's surface). The fascination with riding the rails began quite by accident. Somewhere, somebody gave me the idea that riding the passenger rails would be a great experience. They were right! My first trip cross country on Amtrak was the California Zephyr, from Chicago to Martinez, CA. Total time was close to 51 hours. The mileage was 2379 miles. It was relaxing and enjoyable, and I met many interesting people. Just for contrast, the Tour de France cycling race usually covers 2,276 miles. My second cross country trip was the Sunset Limited, from Los Angeles to New Orleans for Super Bowl 47. The total time was 48 ... read more
This is a first class berth
And a first class hallway

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