The Theme Park Guy

Nov 12

5 Months in Russia's Far East

Nov 12, 2021

In March 2020, when all international borders shut down at once, perpetual travelers shared a common fate. It was the Nomad’s Dead End – digital or not, they all got grounded.

My own journey ended in Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far East. Supposedly a side trip from Japan, I was never able to go back for another round of sashimi. So I spent 5 months of my life in Primorye, a remote part of Russia not known by many (including Russians). Not yet.

A gracious, Tsarist-era city outshining Disneyland, with flight times to Japan shorter than many flights within Japan? Real wild tigers mingling with Russian fishermen 100 miles west of Hokkaido? Scandinavian-looking kids playing in a village 200 meters from China and 300 meters from North Korea? Authentic North Korean restaurants run by North Koreans adjacent to a Russian branch of South Korea’s Lotte Hotel? Beaches glittering like the shores of the Seychelles? It’s all here. Next year I'll publish the whole collection.

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