In Flight Entertainment and $100 Taxis: Tuesday 27th March

Today was the final day in Japan, and my first on the long trip home, via the trans-Siberian express. Saying goodbye to Yukon at Narita was a pretty tearful event, but thankfully I had the happy Japanese customs officers to cheer me up. The flight itself to Vladivostok was fine, with almost no turbulence, but the airline was seriously no frills. Call me a diva, but for a £400 flight I expect slightly more than a wheat-free muffin, some bread and a slice of cheese. Still, at least we were offered the opportunity of sick bags, although this seemed to be all they had in the way of in flight entertainment.

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The extent of the trip ahead.

Landing in Vladivostok, we were forced to take a 20m bus ride across the runway before being dumped in customs/a tin shed. According to my guidebook I had to fill in a long piece of paper to be allowed into Russia, but all I seemed to be able to find was a scrappy piece of paper with what looked like the word ‘sample’ printed across it. Still it seemed to do the trick and eventually I was allowed through into the arrivals lounge/abandoned corridor. I had missed the last bus into central Vladivostok by 15 minutes, but was helpfully informed by the stereotypical Russian taxi driver that I could get a ride with him for (dramatic pause) $100. Ignoring his kind offer, I instead decided to spend the night in the airport, but was turfed out at 01:00 when it closed. Thankfully the domestic terminal was still open, and a hell of an improvement on the international variety, so I was able to spend a ‘comfortable and quiet’ evening sleeping huddled over my possessions whilst the Russian version of MTV base blurted out of the conveniently placed TV.

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About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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