Vladivostok, Russia
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
04/07/1999 Hotel Versailles 0 KM 26194 KM

A close-up of Jim on the war memorial statue in the main square of Vladivostok

Jim fires the mobile machine gun on this war memorial statue in the main square of Vladivostok.

Young people dance, at least the ones in the very front, at an outdoor concert in the former Red Square.

A market in Vladivostok where short dresses and sports clothes with Adidas plastered all over them were the hottest selling items.

Children in Vladivostok eating a snack of thick bread and riding an old tricycle, which has one wheel that falls off on each descent down the hill.

Two bottles of vodka, bread, sausage and water serve as lunch for four Russians pouring cement for a sidewalk in Vladivostok.

4 July 1999 - Our first night in Vladivostok, we went to dinner with Sergei (our translator), Larissa (Sergei’s girlfriend and Fredrik (our webmaster). The local restaurant had Russian food and a little sushi. We all began eating from a platter of cucumbers, tomatoes and red peppers. We also shared a bowl of marinated mushrooms and onions.

For dinner, I ate chicken with mushrooms with tender small pieces of meat coated lightly with batter and seasoned with a sweet semi-thick sauce. Jim ate peasant's sausage, Sergei ate beef with cayenne, Larissa ate soup and Fredrik ate a seafood plate.

Our server, who was a young-looking, attractive bleach blond, wore a gold wedding band on her right ring finger. I kept thinking she looked young to be married so I had Sergei ask if she was married. Yes, she said, so then I asked her age. Thirty, she replied without batting an eyelash. I almost fell out of my chair. She looked 20 or 24 max! She insisted. Sergei says Russian women often lie about age so they'll appear to look phenomenal for their age. Hmmm. Still, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner of good food, conversation and many toasts.


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