2010-07-19 (take one) -- Magadan to Anadyr

Once in Anadyr, we had little choice but to wait for Jeffrey, a little more than one hour behind us. The handler wasn't able to help us (Dad and I) get to the hotel (or just didn't want to help us). Others we asked were even less helpful -- a shrug, "not my problem, goodbye" -- and we ended up waiting in the terminal for two and a half hours. Jeffrey did get fuel, which should allow us to have an early start tomorrow.

The taxi from the airport to the ferry (across to Anadyr city) took a few minutes, and was the stereotypical small van filled with people driving fast across a wavy road. Not filled with holes, but not smooth either. Kind of like a concrete road where the seams aren't aligned; every twenty feet is a bump.

We caught the last ferry, at 6pm, with fifteen or twenty minutes to spare. There were four or five other groups, all of which seemed to come from the airport. The ferry took about 30 minutes; it seems to make a round trip every hour, or maybe every three hours (conflicting information).

The ferry docked, we checked into the hotel (much, much nicer than in Magadan), ate dinner (Reindeer Stew), then I wandered around town for 45 minutes, catching the sunset at 10pm.

While waiting in the airport, I wondered why Russia is so difficult. Language? Maybe. Certainly we've been to other countries that speak a language with nothing in common with English (all of the Arabic, Thailand, Japan) and didn't seem to have as much difficulty. Those countries were all planned, and we followed the plan, unlike here, where the plan is changing daily and sometimes hourly. I think (fear) though that it is just personality (culture). They're just not helpful people. The customs officer from yesterday commented that "taxi to hotel, not my problem". Some lady official (talked to our handler, might be in charge of operations or similar) was most unhelpful when we were trying to get out of the airport yesterday (either to the hotel or just to find the handler). After some initial miscommunication, she appeared to get tired of trying to help, said "sorry, goodbye" and left. Anyway, tough country, don't expect much help.


Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Fuel trucks in Magadan. The colors and the window frame make this look like a painting.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Poor TBM. Looking cold and lonely. What a depressing picture.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Stealth photography. Jeffrey fueling from drums of fuel. It worked, but not as well as it should have.



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We weren't the only ones leaving.



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Almost ready to leave. How long? Not the clear blue sky.



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These guys are still not quite there.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Lots of guys just standing around looking at us. Unnerving. Curiously high visibility building.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
But we're finally in the air, with that lush green below us.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80



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We could make it to the States, but it probably wouldn't end well.



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Russia is on fire.



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More of the same abandoned buildings.



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Wait, what?! Don't land short here.



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A little foreshadowing of joyous times to come.



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All lonely again.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Nobody else here.



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Best buds forever!



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
The airport is on the other side of the bay (map), and we needed to catch the ferry. This is not the ferry.



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This is the ferry.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
The gangway to the ferry dock is a little...scary.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Waiting to board the ferry.



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The ferry.



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Anadyr. Looks newer than Magadan.



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I'm bored. Ferries are slow.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Best guess is that these are protecting the port that is behind and to the left.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
A little more foreshadowing. Note the hovercraft peeking out on the left side.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
An odd building, reminds me of a restaurant on a touristy beach. But I don't think this is a restaurant, and this isn't much of a touristy beach.



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The grass growing on the alledged wave-breaking cargo ships is puzzling me. Well, I guess that's just ballast to keep them there.



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Anadyr, 1889 to 2009! Only 15,000 people live here.



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But they live in brightly colored housing.



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I had lots of fun wandering around here. Quite a different feel compared to Magadan. Just off the street was a gangway to a ship yard. The gangway was, somewhat predictably, scary. It was covered with what looked like loose nails, but, nope, they're driven in and bent over. Non-slip surface?



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
The sun is finally setting. It is something like 10 or 11 at night.



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The ship yards were still active.



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But these boats are not going anywhere anytime soon.



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The scary gangway.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
Dry dock entrance.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200
Cranes kissing and creating fusion.



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Drydock. A bit overexposed to get details.



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For orientation, just behind the men is the ship yard, and on the hill is the scary gangway. One of these poor chaps isn't widely liked here.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
I'm not sure what pink-ear means here, but it can't be a good thing. And everyone seems to have been sliced at the chest.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
I decided this was just too far.



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A pharmacy. At first I was confused by the wine glass. But that's apparently a snake and a bowl.



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