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April 18 - KORSAKOV, RUSSIA

snow 30 °F
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And now - we are in Russia! To be exact - on the southern tip of Sakhalin Island, located as close to Japan as it is to the Russian mainland. We anchored in the bay and tendered to shore.

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The island is remote and sparsely populated, but our motor coaches were comfortable and our guide's English was very good.

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The land has been contested between Russia and Japan but little of the Japanese influence is left to be seen. This is a beautiful little Russian Orthodox church.

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Once a Russian penal colony, today Sakhalin welcomes tourists.

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We have traveled to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital city. We enjoyed a light lunch at one of the two 5 star hotels. Borscht, of course.

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And blini!

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We've been having high winds at sea and snow on land, as you can tell, looking through our bus window.

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The Sakhalin Regional Museum is in a Japanese building from 1937.

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An outdoor exhibit - Russians seem to love tanks.

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Researchers have assembled thousands of objects based on natural history, Archeology, and the history of the land and its people. Museum staff kept close watch on us - just doing their jobs.

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Male and female deer both have antlers. Our guide claimed that only happens here. I think I need to look that up!

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Crystal's little comfort spot on the tender dock.

Posted by Swenigale 20:35 Archived in Russia

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