Vladivostok / Khabarovsk, Russia
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
07/07/1999 Hotel Intourist 769 KM 26963 KM

Sitting on the dock in Vladivostok, this little girl adored sitting in her father’s lap.

In 1990, on Jim’s first trip around the world, he met our translator Sergei who is great at his job and fabulous fun too.

Germans Heinz and Manfred are driving around the world in 80 days in a 1963 Citroen. We enjoyed a delightful dinner with them singing songs from around the world.

In one of Vladivostok’s many squares, Lenin points outward and onward. We wonder if he was directing where Communism should be spread next.

With Vladivostok in Russian over her head, Paige smiles for a silly pose in the port town’s amusement park. Jim coined this shot, ‘In the stocks in Vladivostok’.

7 July 1999 - Germans Manfred and Heinz, both about 60, are trying to drive around the world in 80 days in a 1963 Citroen. When we met, the odds looked slim since a recent robbery meant a passport, visa, scrapbook and jacket were missing, since “someone in the wilds of Siberia” broke into their dented, green machine. We invited the spunky men for dinner on the dock. At 10:15 p.m., seated under the just-now setting sun, Manfred, Heinz, two Russian friends Sergei and Larissa, along with Jim and me drank Russian Baltica beers. A fish market next door sold us huge, succulent steamed crabs for next to nothing and we bought bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic and onions at a nearby shop. What a perfect Russian feast. Manfred, a guitarist and vocalist, and Heinz on the tambourine sang for their supper. Initially the other patrons at the café looked away, wanting nothing to do with our group, but by the end of the night, all eight tables of Russians, Americans and Germans sang the chorus of Willie Nelson’s, “On the Road Again”.