Fiona Tewson

Joined September 2019
  • Day13

    Chalet in the woods

    October 19 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Lovely chalet, so quiet. Lots of trees, of various colours. Very few people here as it's out of season now. Beach is about 2 minutes walk from the chalet and you can hear the waves on the shore from the outside dining area. Heading into the sauna soon!

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  • Day13

    Off to the chalet!

    October 19 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Today we go to the chalet. It's about 40 minute drive from the apartment but we will be off the grid until our return on Tuesday. We did have periods of time on the train with no internet, but it usually returned when we were near a town. Looking forward to celebrating Victoria's birthday with her friends tomorrow, walking along the beach (too cold for swimming!) And using the steam room/sauna.Read more

  • Day12

    View from apartment

    October 18 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We are on the 5th floor of the apartment, so fab views of the woods and the sea. No lift though, so have to carry everything up. Washing line hanging off the balcony, 2 balconies, 1 either side of the apartment.

  • Day12

    Nahodka

    October 18 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Went to Nahodka to be registered, a bit like Joseph and Mary! Victoria has bought a new apartment and we went to one place to register that, but had to go elsewhere to register us! We then looked over part of the docks - there are 80 kilometres of them. Never seen so much coal. We then went for a coffee and lunch, and walked to the bus station to get the bus back to Victoria's mums apartment. The smell in the air was reminiscent of the Welsh valleys in the 60's!Read more

  • Day11

    Train to Nahodka

    October 17 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We left Vladivostok at 2 p.m. The train station was lovely, with a painted ceiling. The train journey is 5 hours long and we have around 1 hour left. Once on Nahodka, Victoria's mum will meet us and take us to their house, which is around half an hour away. Going through some lovely countryside with trees turning a lovely colour for autumn.Read more

  • Day10

    Russiky Island

    October 16 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Went for a walk around Russiky island today. We wanted to go to a military museum, but it was shut. The 2 lane road road we were on suddenly disappeared and we then went down a track, only to be let out miles from anywhere!! The walk down the lane was lovely though, warm and quiet. We then walked up to a look out and looked over the other side of the island, towards the sea. It was lovely.
    We then caught a bus to the university and walked around there. Its 3 universities in 1 and its enormous! We then got a taxi back to the restaurant where we had tea last night. We have had another lovely meal here and are just planning how to get to Nahodka tomorrow on the next leg of our adventure.
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  • Day9

    Vladivostok

    October 15 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Been around Vlad today starting off with the view point, overlooking the suspension bridge and the harbour. The picture of the 2 men is a statue of the 2 men who invented the Russian alphabet in 845. We then went on a funicular and walked towards the sea. As today is 15th October, we saw the combined services have a service of remembrance for the October Uprising. We also saw the submarine, but didn't enter. We walked along the main road until we found the Georgian restaurant that George and Victoria went to yesterday. We had a lovely meal. We then walked along the front, past the football ground and saw where the pleasure arcades are. Most of these are shut now. We sat in an outside cafe, having a beer in the sunshine, just watching the world go by. It was lovely.Read more

  • Day9

    Here now!

    October 15 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Well, we arrived in Vladivostok on time this morning. George and Victoria were on the platform waiting for us and we then got a taxi to the hotel. It's a Time hotel, a little like the Tune hotels in Asia. It's so nice to have a bed that isn't moving! The view from our window isn't as good, but we'll be heading out soon to sample the delights that Vladivostok has to offer.Read more

  • Day8

    Khabarovsk, 476 miles to go

    October 14 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Here on time and for 1 hour 10 minutes. It's cold out there too. Lots of people have got off, including our waitress! Hope she comes back! Also the restaurant car has been unloading lots of boxes. Hope this means that Stu and I aren't going to fight over the last crust for tea 😂😂.
    Seems strange to think that this time tomorrow we will be in our hotel, feel as if we have been on this train forever!! Looking forward to the next bit of our adventure and seeing what Vladivostok has to offer.Read more

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