Destination: Marina & The Russian Black Sea Coast!

After leaving the Crimea we crossed over to Russia with the ferry. Despite a total time of 5 hours on the two borders, the procedure of leaving the Ukraine and entering Russia was relatively painless. Except of course for the heat. In plus 30 degrees weather our already questionable hygiene was further undermined as we found no shelter from the sun in the line ups. Our goal was Gelendzhik where the ever lovely Marina awaited us. The so lovely she even let me hug her despite the fact I had not showered in 3 days and had in fact, not changed my clothes in that same amount of time.  (Except for my underwear, they get changed everyday, a luxury I allow myself!)

In a reversal of roles (that I am beginning to understand is rather Russian), Marina and her family refused to accept any type of gift from us, but instead showered us with presents instead. Including sailor hats for the boys, who could not have been prouder of themselves, and they even insist on wearing them whenever we venture out in public without motorcycle gear.

Marina and her drunken sailors:

We did manage to convince Marina and her family to at least cook for them, and we exposed them to a delightful mix of Italian appetizers and Swiss Rösti for the main dish.

We also drank wine from the region, but the family also demonstrated another aspect of Russia that we have yet to adjust to, NO ONE DRINKS! As I am writing this we have been in the country for almost a month, and we have yet to drink our first glass of vodka. A glass of wine, one glass of beer, perhaps two, but the stereotype of Russia as a land of drinkers has been tested and found wanting.

Despite an amazing itinerary that she had planned for us, one aspect we were not looking forward to was a date with the immigration police.  But alas, for that story you must wait! I’m saving it for much later! Instead I leave you with pictures of Marina’s first bike ride, where I managed to give myself a black eye (please do not ask) and she became a bike convert!

Height of stupidity:

 

Sherrie

About Sherrie

Sherrie was born and raised in Newfoundland, has her home base in Germany, and at any given time can be found just about anywhere in the world. Addicted to books, travel, chocolate and motorcycles, a perfect day for her is riding her bike followed by drinking good coffee and reading a good book or writing one.

5 Responses to Destination: Marina & The Russian Black Sea Coast!

  1. Art Kyper says:

    Hi guys ! This is Art ! It was very nice to meet you in the center of Novosibirsk ! We talked briefly sitting at the sidewalk caffe. Very cool journey, interesting blog, and pictures !!! Will be waiting for more stories and pics !

  2. Patrick & Sherrie says:

    Hello Art! Glad that you stopped by! I was writing this post when you were speaking with Patrick! I hope to have the blog up to date by the end of the week! 🙂

  3. Volker says:

    Please give us more comments, descriptions and nice pics about your journey into the “outer space” of Germany – itŝ quite interesting to step into this world.Greetings Volker

  4. Art Kyper says:

    Well I looked through your blog, and was amazed… sure enough you are great travelers ! It kind of inspired me to travel more as well ! I always loved going to new places, though I have never done any traveling to the extent as you did. I hope to travel in September or October along the east coast of the USA. Me and my girlfriend are planning to do so. After reading your blog, sure enough I have got more confidence that we just have to freaking pack up and go, without doubts and hesitance !

  5. SherrieLynnMcC says:

    Art that makes me so happy! I really think the hardest part of any trip is taking the first step, and even now before I get on a plane I am nervous about what will come! I think that is why I love motorcycling so much, the trip is gradual and does not feel like giant steps at once!

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