Goodbye Dubai

Excepting a nuclear holocaust, or a delayed flight, this is likely to be my last post from Dubai, and from the Middle East.  Tomorrow my apartment is being cleared out by what I hope will be competent representatives from a respectable removals company, but am prepared to expect a gang of baboons controlled by a chimpanzee.  Our stuff is supposed to take between 4-6 weeks to arrive in Korsakov Port on the southern tip of Sakhalin Island, and then probably another 6 weeks to negotiate the Russian customs before it can make the short journey to my new apartment in Yuzhno, which we will hopefully have found by then.

On Wednesday morning we are flying Emirates business class to Moscow Domodedovo (upgrade by way of 50,000 airmiles I am redeeming), then we have the unenviable task of catching a taxi to Moscow Sheremetyovo before which I am likely to be asked by the driver to bend over and prepare myself for a right royal shafting.  If I get any change out of $150, I’ll be amazed.  Then we will have about 7 hours to kill before our Aeroflot flight leaves Moscow at 1:00am on Thursday, to arrive in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk eight and a half hours later at 16:30 local time.  As yet, I have no idea what hotel we will be spending the first week in, but I have an inkling it won’t be a Park Hyatt.  The plan is to look for a temporary apartment, usually coming fully furnished, the owner and previous occupier having moved onto her daughter’s sofa for a few months in order to get some cash fleecing Johnny Foreigner.  After that, we will hopefully move into a company-purchased apartment and fill it with the belongings which, having been shipped from Dubai, will by then probably be scattered amongst the living rooms of various customs officials and policemen on Sakhalin Island, and the worthless items strewn across the snow.

I have no idea what the internet situation is in the hotel, and it might be a good bet that I will only be able to post once I am in the office on Monday morning, or Sunday night UK time.  Whatever the situation, unless something goes badly wrong, my next post will be from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

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13 thoughts on “Goodbye Dubai

  1. “unless something goes badly wrong”

    ????

    “am prepared to expect a gang of baboons controlled by a chimpanzee”

    ” If I get any change out of $150, Ill be amazed”

    ” 7 hours to kill “. In Sheremetyovo …

    “our Aeroflot flight”

    “leaves Moscow at 1:00am”

    “I have an inkling it wont be a Park Hyatt”

    “the belongings which, having been shipped from Dubai, will by then probably be scattered amongst the living rooms of various customs officials and policemen on Sakhalin Island, and the worthless items strewn across the snow.”

    If the above presumably constitutes everything going RIGHT, permit me to refrain from imagining what going wrong would look like.

    Good luck…

  2. Take care during your moving to your new home!
    I expect a good report about what went on during your journey there :p See you soon and good luck for everything!

  3. Tell me again, why do you have to go to Sheremet’evo immediately upon arrival? If you have 7 hrs to kill, why not come to the city and at least have a nice meal on Gorki Prospect or someplace else?
    And in my time there were express buses operation between airports; no need for a taxi – especially since one member of your party isn’t a foreigner…

    I’m sure everything will go smoothly; in any case – difficulties have a tendency to mobilise. You’re in your element, Tim: live adventurously.

  4. I would love to take a few hours in Moscow, Tatyana. But we are carrying a ton of luggage which we cannot possibly lug around Moscow with us, so we’d have to go to Sheremet’ovo, put our stuff in a locker, then back into town, then back out to Sheremet’ovo. I’d probably consider this were I alone, but I think Yulia might not feel up to it. Traffic in Moscow these days is pretty bad. I’m not sure if the express buses still run, but again the amount of luggage we are carrying makes a taxi the only option really.

  5. So long as the plane has securely fixed wings you’ll be all right. I can’t wait to hear about the Yuzhno plumbing and electrics. Good luck to you both.

  6. Hey Tim. Good luck with the move. Tatyana is right about the buses. No need for a taxi at all. The buses will get you there Yulia will see to that. Good luck on the flat.

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