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Author:  justin [ 09 Jun 2011 21:20 ]
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Hi Andy

Just wanted to wish you the best of luck for your trip.

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Author:  Hanna [ 10 Jun 2011 15:20 ]
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Hello Andy and hope all goes well. [biggrin.gif]

I think is very funny ....

New people joining and not introducing themselves. [wink.gif]

Author:  AndyRam [ 31 Jul 2011 19:47 ]
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I promised an update so here we go.....

Hi everyone....I think the photos say it all....flights are booked for my return at Christmas and into New Year.

All went well and we had a fantastic time together.

Roll on the next one....

When I get time I'll write about some experiences. Crossing the Russian border to get to China was a classic...."Do you have travel documets", said the russian customs woman....Damn!!! I left them in the hotel....oooops!!!!...but all was well, after an hour or so of enquiries....I now know about Russian lines...hahaha....and to carry all documents at all times....even bus tickets.... [thumbs.gif]

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Author:  Rubicon [ 31 Jul 2011 20:10 ]
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Those are some great photos Andy Ram, thanks for posting!!

Author:  Rasboinik [ 31 Jul 2011 23:31 ]
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Excellent.

Great photos.

A great result.

I am glad that everything worked out.

Author:  wiz [ 01 Aug 2011 08:03 ]
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Andy!.


Excellent News and excellent photos.

I can't wait to read your experiences and impressions of Russia and China and of course, looking at the photos it's pretty obvious you have found the lady you were looking for!

All the best!

wiz

Author:  Markje [ 01 Aug 2011 12:01 ]
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Congrats Andy, from the pictures it looks like you are on your way to a happy relationship.

Author:  Luckyspin [ 01 Aug 2011 14:37 ]
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Congratulations Andy [good_news.gif]

Very nice pictures and you look both of you very happy!

Wish you all the best to both.

Luckyspin


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Author:  Rasboinik [ 05 Aug 2011 16:40 ]
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AndyRam wrote:
....flights are booked for my return at Christmas and into New Year.
Andy,

If you are planning to visit the Amur Region (Blagoveshchensk area) in the winter then please take into account that it will be very, very cold.
I have spent a few winters in Yuzhno-Sakhalin (and in Yuzhno-Sakhalin we have the slight calming affect of the sea) and from Early December until mid March temperatures of -30C (minus 30 Centigrade) and colder are quite common from late evening until late morning.

Temperature chart for Blagoveshchensk
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Temperature chart for Yuzhno-Sakhalin

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From the charts.
January, Yuzhno Sakhalin average temperature -12.5C
January, Blagoveshchensk average temperature -25.0C

From personal experience.
I have been in Yuzhno-Sakhalin for 3 winters and I can assure you that a-12.5C day (in January) would be considered "T-Shirt Time".

The test is when you go outdoors and the moisture in your nostrils freezes instantly then it is colder than -20C and I will state that most mornings between late November and mid March the test works.

To further demonstrate how cold it cam get have a look at these pictures.
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The "white" on the trees is not snow, it is ice, created by the humidity freezing (the moisture is sucked out of the air and turned into ice) and that ice stays on the trees from about mid November until early of March.

Frozen Sea - Photo taken mid February.
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The larger chunks of ice are still around until mid April.

On a different level I will state that in most Russian homes (at least those that are supplied municipal heating) it is very warm indoors and that is because the heating is on 24/7).
It must though be taken into account that not all Russian homes do have access to the municipality supplied central heating and in those homes that rely on either wood or coal it can also get bitterly cold indoors.



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This comment addressed to a different forum member.

You know who you are.

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If you do not believe me when I state that not all Russian Homes have access to the municipally supplied hot water that provides the heating then I will make you an offer.

The offer is, come to visit in either January or February and I will ask one of my friends to put you up in his house on Sakhalin Island.
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OH, silly me, I forgot that you have stated that you are not interested in going to Russia again until the Russian Government allows you to travel on your terms.

Author:  AndyRam [ 09 Aug 2011 22:56 ]
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Guys....What can I say....Thank you all so much for the congrats and good wishes

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Wiz .... I will get to writing a little about the experience but give me time .... I am not a frequent visitor on here as you all will have noticed but I visit when I get chance...

I will say that during my visit I experienced the hassles of non-russian speaker trying to register in a small provincial town but my lady was there and ever helpful. After a few introductions to people who could help I reaised how warm and helpfull people can be ;-)

Ras ... thanks for the advice about the cold. I specially bought some warm clothing when we agreed to another meeting, my lady advised on suitability for keeping warm in the Amur .... ;-)


See you all later .... when I get time I'll start a post in the 'travel stories' section

Thanks again

до свидания мои друзья

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