Well, last nights accommodation was….basic. No, it was crap, but at least the shower water was hot. The washing machine wouldn’t work properly. This meant we had loads of washing hanging up, dripping wet and with little drying time.
3 out of 10.
Outside it’s belting down. Jen has been busy online looking for another place to stay for tonight. The agent was supposed to call at midday to pick up the key. He didn’t, so by 12.30pm we decided, we were out of there.
The new accommodation, a boutique hotel, was the complete opposite. Small but newly appointed. Quirky and cosy. You wouldn’t believe the things they have crammed into such a small space. Only problem is, it’s booked up for the rest of the week, so again the search for a place to stay goes on.
Great news. Yuri, the shipping agent here in Vlad, who we have been communicating with for a couple of years, visited us and we believe that we have a 40′ container to load the Landie in, on Thursday. This is after it has been steam cleaned and decommissioned. Fuel drained, batteries disconnected and all food items removed. The crossing will be approx 30 days via Pusan, Korea and it looks like it will take 10 days to clear it from the wharf in Vancouver. That means around the second week in October we will need to be in Vancouver to uplift and get it to a Land Rover repair garage and arrange storage till, we return in April/May next year. Bill & Joan, we are closer to giving you some specific dates. Save us space at your table..:)
So, where do we go next? Oh dear, the possibilities.
Jen would like to head back to the UK and I can understand that, to see her Mum and family. The original idea was to take a ferry to Japan and enjoy a relaxing time there. However, looking at accommodation prices alone, for a month, has changed our views. Deciding to return to the UK, the next decision is, how to get back? We are just about to hit the “Buy” button for a 23 hour flight via Novosibirsk and Moscow and I said to Jen, “what about the Trans Siberian train”? The upshot is that we leave Vladivostok at 1.20am on Friday the 7th and arrive in Moscow on the 14th, at 11.20am, by train. Booked and paid for. Imagine that! Going back over much of the same journey we had driven. The great thing is, someone else will be doing the driving..:) After spending two or three days in Moscow, we’ll fly back to Gatwick. Whew, it’s exhausting thinking about it!!!
Was it a Bear or wasn’t it? …:)