Vladivostok, Russia

  • Date
  • 4 July 1999
  • Lodging
  • Hotel Versailles
  • Distance
  • 0 KM
  • Total
  • 26194 KM

Our first night in Vladivostok, we went to dinner with Sergei (our translator), Larissa (Sergei’s girlfriend and Fredrik (our webmaster). The local restaurant had Russian food and a little sushi. We all began eating from a platter of cucumbers, tomatoes and red peppers. We also shared a bowl of marinated mushrooms and onions.

For dinner, I ate chicken with mushrooms with tender small pieces of meat coated lightly with batter and seasoned with a sweet semi-thick sauce. Jim ate peasant’s sausage, Sergei ate beef with cayenne, Larissa ate soup and Fredrik ate a seafood plate.

Our server, who was a young-looking, attractive bleach blond, wore a gold wedding band on her right ring finger. I kept thinking she looked young to be married so I had Sergei ask if she was married. Yes, she said, so then I asked her age. Thirty, she replied without batting an eyelash. I almost fell out of my chair. She looked 20 or 24 max! She insisted. Sergei says Russian women often lie about age so they’ll appear to look phenomenal for their age. Hmmm. Still, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner of good food, conversation and many toasts.