It was a good thing that I slept well Monday night.
Tuesday morning, Snoopy and I set out to find the ATM, get some money, and then, hopefully, find the meat shop that the ladies in David’s office had mentioned. It was cold, but very sunny, so I dressed warmly and away we went.
On and on down Sakhalinskaya Street…. now, which street is the Moose Head Bar on? That’s where one of the two Royal Bank of Scotland ATMs is located. I remember going by the old KGB building…….. but all of a sudden, we are crossing Lenin Street. Must have missed it… hopefully the meat shop will take my bank card. If I can find it, that is.
We cross the railway track, and still nothing that looks like a meat shop. Finally, we give up and turn around. I texted David to ask which street the ATM is on……. Military Street. Fortunately, although all the signs are written in the Russian alphabet, many words are phonetically very similar to English, so I find it. It is just BEFORE the KGB building, not after it.
I stop to buy light bulbs (must learn the numbers in Russian as she didn’t show me the number – I just handed her money and it was enough) and groceries, including dog food.
Straight home – about a 5 mile walk this morning.
SMS from David – do I want to meet him and Haythem at the ski hill? Sure – it’s an amazing day – the temperature has risen from -17C to -1. Off I go, leaving Snoopy this time. I think he was still tired from the morning as he didn’t even ask to come along.
We stopped to look around at the middle of the hill before climbing onto the second lift. this is the first time Haythem, who is from Egypt, has seen snow. Writing his name in the snow. He is making sure that he documents this historic event in his life.
We stop for a coke, check out the backside of the hill, and then head back down. We were joined by a young couple from Vladivostok who are here on a snowboarding holiday. She spoke very good English and we really enjoyed our conversation with her. She said she loved boarding when it snowed, so this morning, I was thinking of her.
I just had to throw a snowball at Haythem before we parted company. I mean – how can you see snow for the first time and not experience a snow ball. I even managed to get a bit of snow down David’s neck with no repercussions (he must have been tired).
We arrived back home with another 5.5 miles on my pedometer. That’s 10 and 1/2 miles walked to day – and it felt good. What a beautiful day in Yuzhno.