August 2006, My visit again to Vladivostok

During the summer vacation in 2006, I went to see Katya in Vladivostok.  Pleasant summer days.

I stayed at “Vlad Motor Inn” this time.  It is located in a forest in the suburbs of Vladivostok, run by a Canadian owner.  It may not be a genuine Russian hotel; everybody speaks English with English signs inside.  It is a good, comfortable hotel, if you do not speak Russian.  I recommend it.  Katya likes the hotel, too.

One day, Katya, Natalia, and I were having pizzas outside.  Maya-san was with us.  We kept giving her crusts, which she kept eating.  It was funny she started to hide them in her bed when she got full.  Probably, she was going to have them later.

We did not do anything special this time.

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2 Responses to August 2006, My visit again to Vladivostok

  1. AdelaideBen says:

    Looks like it was a great summer trip – for all the best reasons. I’m sure that there was more back story to this however, but clearly she made a very good impression on you… and you her (though perhaps Maya-san had the most important say).

    What was your impression of Vladivostok?… The first two things that come to mind are: very cold, and Russian navy. I didn’t know that during the Soviet years, the city was effectively closed to foreigners (I’m assuming because of the presence of the fleet). I also found out (thanks Wikipedia) that it has 3 sister cities in Japan, one of which is Hakodate (one of my favourite places in Hokkaido).

  2. Muravej says:

    Yes, Ben, it was a good and pleasant summer trip. Staying at “Vlad Motor Inn” was a good idea; we had a good walk around the hotel with the perfect climate. Katya drove me to anywhere in Vladivostok and we spent a good time together.
    Geologically, Vladivostok is like San Francisco: hilly and by the beach. Going up the hill, you can enjoy wonderful views. The town was not beautiful five years ago; buildings and roads were old and not well taken care of. Traffic jams easily occurred. Hotels were moderate but expensive for the quality. I hesitated to walk into shops because entering into shops seemed inadequate without a concrete purpose of buying something. People walking fast on the streets were all serious and did not look friendly, but they kindly tried to help me who do not speak Russian. Nature is wonderful, which I would see during my following visit.
    I hope the government invests on the development of Vladivostok so the city will be very scenic, which will more attract Asian tourists.

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