Archive: September 04, 2005 - September 10, 2005

Khabarovsk - A Spotless City

We spent most of the day trying to find Larisa, or her parents, to no avail. Yulia found a database of Khabarovsk phone numbers (city-wide printed phone directories don't exist here), but there were more than a hundred "Fedotovs" and...

By Lisa Dickey | September 9, 2005; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (10)

Khabarovsk - The Search for Larisa

David and I took a night train from Vladivostok to Khabarovsk on Monday, arriving bleary-eyed after a fitful night. It's not easy to sleep on a rocking, creaking train hurtling through the darkness, but that's not why David slept badly....

By Lisa Dickey | September 8, 2005; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (3)

Vladivostok - The Lighthouse Keepers

On Sept. 5, 1995, Gary Matoso and I walked down a bumpy dirt road to the very southern tip of Vladivostok's Egershelde Peninsula. There, we met Vasily and Valentina Ilchenko, the couple that took care of the small white lighthouse...

By Lisa Dickey | September 7, 2005; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (9)

Vladivostok - A Strange Encounter

David and I went down to the tip of Egershelde Peninsula on Saturday, to try to find the lighthouse keepers. More about them later -- first I have to describe a truly strange encounter we had with a man named...

By Lisa Dickey | September 6, 2005; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Vladivostok - Impressions of the City

The first thing we noticed when we arrived in Vladivostok was that there seemed to be no traffic laws. Cars veered across multiple lanes, fear-stricken pedestrians sprinted across streets, and many major intersections had no stoplights. Right-of-way was awarded to...

By Lisa Dickey | September 5, 2005; 6:53 AM ET | Comments (12)

 

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