Magadan the final frontier!

Arrived in Magadan this morning at 11:45 after an 8 hour flight from Moscow, the flight was strange as we had asked to move to the rear of the plane as it was almost empty. Big mistake as they started moving all the drunk passengers to the rear during the flight and we had two rather drunk men behind us moving and moaning during the night! weird…

Magadan airport

First view of Magadan airport (Sokol)

Arriving at Sokol airport the rain was tipping it down and it was miserably cold (a sign of things to come maybe??).

Mark at Magadan airport

Is that a smile or a WTF!!!

Magadan airport luggage

All mod cons, automatic luggage belt..

There is a bus that takes you the 40km or so into Magadan for about £2, just about 3 or 4 km outside the city was the old airport with rotting planes and helicopters on the runway, makes you wonder why they moved the new one so far away.

When we arrived at the bus station we were met by Vita and Alexander our landlords for the next couple of nights, they took us to get sim cards for our phones and sorted our registration for Russian immigration.
Next was a drive around tour of Magadan which lasted about 15 minutes!, then up to the Mask of Sorrow (Skorbi).

The apartment was very basic with no curtains on the windows (which didn’t help with the sleeping) but did the trick and is much cheaper than the hotels here.
We sat up until midnight messing with sat navs and planning routes etc getting very excited about picking up the bikes in the next day or two.

Moscow stop over

The flight out of Dublin was with S7 airlines which was nice, they really looked after us and we paid for nothing which was strange after using Ryanair and Easyjet over the last couple of years!. We arrived in Moscow Domodedovo airport at 6am and had 14hrs to wait until our connecting flight to Magadan, knowing this we had planned to do our currency conversion here because the rate was better in Moscow and there were 24 hour banks open on Sunday to facilitate this. After searching for a couple of hours and eventually finding a bank that would change my sterling (all banks took euros) we walked into red square to see the Kremlin. The weather was fantastic and we lay on the grass for a couple of hours watching the world go by in the glorious sun. Then off for a bit of lunch before heading out to a different airport for our onward journey.

Moscow Bench

Chilling in the sun on a Moscow bench

We arrived at the airport with hours to spare which was just as well because we were in the wrong airport! Oops now we have to get to the other side of Moscow to the right one which took another 1 ¾ hours and left us 1 ½ hour before departure.

Phew!!! Not quite sure how we got it so wrong in the first place but Kev blamed me!

The adventure begins! to Moscow

Day 1 of the adventure….
Excitement reaching fever pitch now, I flew to Dublin from Gatwick arriving at 15.30 as it was a good bit cheaper to fly from Dublin to Moscow/Magadan then London to Moscow/Magadan go figure!. Kev picked me up from the airport and we headed off to his house for a bite to eat before the flight out at 11pm.

mark and kev dublin airport_1

I’m the good looking chap on the left, Kev is the not so good looking chap on the right!