Thursday... Vladivostok, Russia
Trip Start Apr 08, 2010
43Trip End May 15, 2010
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Luckily, we had prepared for cold and rain, each bringing gloves and a substantial rain repellent jacket with a hood. I had downloaded a self-walking tour of the city but that was history now. And, there was no way I was going to bring my SLR digital Canon Camera. I put my small "point and shoot" in my pocket, along with my passport and card key (in a plastic ziplock bag) and we walked toward the gangway
Once outside, the rain pelted us from all angles. We walked over the Terminal Bridge. Below were train tracks and a replica of an old black steam engine mounted on a platform. Later, we learned the numbers 9288 on the front of the engine, represented the distance in kilometers from Vladivostok to Moscow. Built between 1880 and 1900, it is the longest continuous railway in the world. We walked passed the Train Station... terminus for the Trans Siberian Railway. It was beautiful and very well preserved.
After a couple of blocks, we took shelter in a market. It was dry and warm. No one stared at us, no one seemed interested that a couple of tourists came in from the wet to dry off. We talked about continuing on but realized it was ridiculous to go further. We turned around and walked back toward the ship. We stepped inside the Train Terminal. There was a mini-mall and it was dry, so we stopped to look inside some of the shops. There was very little of interest so after awhile, we left. Once back on the ship, we hung up our clothes to dry, changed our shoes and hoped the weather would clear in enough time to go out again to explore.
About 2 pm, the rained let up
This evening, in the Princess Theater, there was a Vladivostok Folkloric show “Kalinka”. It was standing room only to see the local performers.