As I mentioned before, your humble blogger had for your benefit hand carried his Sony DSC-R1 all the way from Dubai, and hence is able to bring you some photos from in and around the town of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Click on a picture for a the full-size version.
The view from a colleague’s apartment looks nice in the evening sun…
…until you pan the lens back and see what the view is really like! This is typical of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
This is the ski-slope which has been built on the mountain just outside of the town. Although obviously not in use now, this gets very busy in winter.
The view from up here was impressive, and gives you an idea of just how small Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is.
The airport, with the sea visible beyond.
Sillhouette of a piece of equipment left over from Soviet times, when this was (so I’ve been told) a serious skiing facility. Further up the road is an abandoned ski jump.
Driving uphill on the wrong side of the road in dry conditions and hitting a tree head-on but not too fast spells one thing: drunk.
We stopped by this lake on an afternoon trip out to the east coast.
Russian naval cadets…
…defecting to Japan.
The Pacific Ocean! Last time I saw this was in August 2000, but from the other side.
One lady owner, slightly damaged.
Fishing is popular here. I don’t know yet if this is a hobby or a necessity for survival.
Out of the wind it was pretty warm. In the wind, it was anything but.