Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Sakhalinskaya, Russia

Jun 6, 2014 - new Russia?

The Princess staff must have really wanted our visit to Korsakov to be a success; they worked very hard to make it happen. Although the Russians can be very hospitable once you finally meet them, their bureaucrats make it oh so challenging to do so. Yesterday we had to stand in line to legally check out of Japan and hand in our passports. The Princess crew inserted special Russian landing cards which we had signed earlier into our passports and grouped them by the time we were to get off the ship for our tours. Unless you had paid $100+ to...

Jump to full entry

Jun 14, 2005 - Sakhalin: Expats, Stalin Statues & Fresh Kimchi

MOUSTACHE TICKER... Standing at the corner of Communist Prospect and Lenin Street* in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (on Sakhalin Island), 9 of 50 comrades sported moustaches (18%)... at Mishka pub here, a crew of gray-haired expat men munched cheeseburgers.... at my table: three moustaches (an English guy, a lil' Scot who laughs downward, and a Texan), plus two beards and a goattee trainer... that's, per rules, 100%!!!... meanwhile, arriving at Sakhalin Island, since Moscow I've spent eight nights on trains, seven in hotels... Two more met-TATIANAS:...

Jump to full entry