Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Back from the USSR

Precipice is sailing home. We were able to visit two other towns besides Providenya and we did about 25 miles of walking. We had an amazing time in Russia and felt welcomed there. Our check our procedure was just as lengthy as our check out procedure, but they did come down to the boat and we didn't have to go into town going to office to office as some more southern countries (like Mexico) require you to do. The border guards were efficient and friendly. They also provided a"free of charge" 24 hour guard of Precipice. We could leave the boat behind and not worry about somebody messing with it. The biggest bummer of the stay was we were not allowed to have visitors on the boat because technically our boat is an extension of US territory and the visitor would have to have a US visa to enter. People from the town were also not allowed to take pictures of our boat. We weren't allowed to take pictures of our guards either. We did get to visit and have tea in several peoples homes and were warmly welcomed. The day before we left we got to visit the local school and found it clean and well maintained. Of all the buildings in town, the school was in the best condition. The principle gave Deb, a teacher for 15 years, a tour of some classrooms and the children were well behaved and polite, if not even a little shy. We should be back in the USA tomorrow morning. It will be interesting to observe the check in procedures of our own country compared to Russia.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, I guess I missed something along the way...!

I used to follow your post daily, but after you stopped writing I then checked only 1/month (indeed, learning more about your happenings through SailorRN)....

Now all of sudden you've been to Russia and back.

Can you let us old regulars in on your plans (we DO miss your blogs!)

David in Vancouver

Anonymous said...

I agree with David!

Rich

Crew of s/v Island Bound said...
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Crew of s/v Island Bound said...

Rolland - Great to hear you made it back from Russia! Your journey continues to inspire my family and I. As a side note, thanks again for insisting that we not miss the North Channel on our summer cruise...excellent advice that we're glad we heeded!

Anonymous said...

Hi, are you spending another winter in Nome, Alaska? Or have I been missing your blogs completely?

Anonymous said...

Hi, are you spending another winter in Nome, Alaska? Or have I been missing your blogs completely?

Anonymous said...

He's not blogging anymore it seems. Nothing going on I guess.