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Old 04-09-2012, 06:15 AM   #25
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Day 8 - Sochi; Sochi – Trabzon - by ferry

In the morning we went to the port to reserve tickets for the ferry. As luck is, we manage to get the last cabin on board. The tickets are reserved at Kassa 5 from port and there is an English speaking lady there. The price for 2 tickets plus the bike was 16.500 Ruble/650 USD, so actually this will be the most expansive night in the trip.

The hotel



Two cats in the morning



View from our room






Kassa 5




We left the hotel and find ourselves a nice terrace near the port with a small shop and an ATM where we spend the rest of the day between drinking coffee, watching people and taking small walks around the area until 6 pm when boarding begin.


Walking in Sochi



Countdown for Olympics



Port building





Where we spend the afternoon



New stickers



Doing nothing



Custom formalities took 2 hours and Tingis (the one mentioned in Colebatch RR ) was there. He was not impressed when I mentioned to him that he is famous in the adventure motorcycling world. He did not asked any money from us for handling the papers.


Waiting to enter the port



The ferry



Tingis



Securing the bike



Bye bye Russia, we will be back



Sochi Port






After securing the bike on the boat, we went to see our cabin: very small with no windows and extremely hot. Still better than nothing, considering that the difference in price between the tickets with a place to sleep and without was very small.
On the ferry we met 2 Russian guys from Moscow going to Antalya for Holiday.
We also had a very long and pleasant conversation with Ildur from Kazan. Top bloke. He was also going in Antalya for holiday. His wife and daughter were waiting for him there since they did not like to long ride by car. We talk a lot about various things while having beers on the deck. He has a night club in Kazan and as a former comedian he had meet President Putin.
The ferry left the harbor around 8 in the evening and arrived in Trabzon around 9 in the morning.
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