Just returned home today after a great 2 weeks in Sochi with Iveria. Well, we stayed in Vardane, but also vistited just about every other town in Sochi. Loo, Lazerevsky etc.
I've only visited Moscow and SPB before so this was a trip into a more real Russia for me. The first thing I noticed was the number of Ladas. The stereotype really is true. Literally 1 in every 2 cars in Sochi is a Lada!
Travelled all round Sochi visting registration offices, restaurants and hotels looking for potential venues for the upcoming wedding.
One thing of note. I really do not now how Sochi will be able to host the winter olympics in 2014. The traffic is horrendous. And when many more thousands of people arrive for the games it will grind to a standstill. I spent a lot of my 2 weeks in horrendously hot and congested buses on the verge of fainting, praying for the traffic to move!
We stayed in really inexpensive accomodation as we're saving money for the wedding. It costs 500 rubles a night. Basically a little box room with shared showers and kitchen. It was good fun though. A good communtiy spirit within the complex but this resulted in me repeatedly getting in bother for drinking to much Vodka with the Russian men. But when in Rome.....
Visited the waterfalls which were really worth the trip. a good day. Travelling to them in an off road vehicle devoid of any suspension was fun. Not for Iveria's mum though!
And many days relaxing on the beach in +30 temperatures, eating bbq food from the beach side bars.
Getting chased off the railway by a Communist traindriver for taking photos of the cargo train for my dad was a highlight!
A really good holiday destination. Looking forward to going back for our wedding in October.
Just gutted to be home. Great to get back to my daughter, but now the awful wait between visits begins again!
Posted 2012-07-16 8:47 PM (#51916 - in reply to #51915) Subject: Re: Sochi
Glad you enjoyed Sochi, we were not so lucky with the weather when were there it was +22 but with Rain, I see the traffic is still a nightmare, is there still loads of roadworks and construction works going on?
Posted 2012-07-17 12:14 PM (#51927 - in reply to #51915) Subject: Re: Sochi
Roads are a nightmare. We were stationery on a bus for literally an hour. Gave up and got off and walked. Lucky it turned out we were only 10 minutes from our destination.
Which is where I saw the road was having tarmac laid. But they don't have temporary traffic lights. The traffic just stopped until they finished. I sat and had a beer and watched. There was no movement in one direction for an hour.
Later i went back on my way to the beach. They must have been a slight gap in the traffic. And the cars were now travelling from the other direction, leaving traffic backed up on the other side.
Iveria always just shrugs her shoulders and says 'It's Russia' whilst I stare on in disbelief. I really am a fish out of water out there!
Didn't see to much else in the way of roadworks. The majority of the hold-ups are due to the zebra crossing not have traffic lights. Once the flow of people heading over to the beach begins this majorly backs the traffic up.
I tried to travel by train as much as possible. It's a nice train journey up and down the coast, really scenic.
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