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By plane over Siberia

As you know, our last expedition Warsaw-Siberia-Tokyo in one direction took place with Toyota’s LC. The road from Japan to Poland is already an airplane and the cars have stayed in the port and will return by ferry.

I would like to share with you the experience with Aeroflot airlines. For personal reasons, I could not leave Poland together with everyone, so I got to Irkutsk. There was no other option

Tickets at the beginning of the year cost about 1000 PLN but unfortunately, the closer to the Mundial in Russia, the tickets became more and more expensive and quickly disappeared. I followed everything on a regular basis to find and with an affordable and affordable date. Everything changed like a kaleidoscope.

The trip to Irkutsk began in Warsaw and the change was planned in Moskiwe and the whole operation of changing the plane was 45 minutes. The airport in Moscow greeted me with a crowd of supporters and huge queues for goals. Minutes passed very quickly and queues decreased at an alarmingly slow pace. I already knew that I would not make it because the domestic terminal is about 8 minutes away by the queue to the airport’s plate and it takes about 15 minutes to get to the railway platform.

And then they opened a new window.

Without looking at anything, I took off to an empty window. Immediately behind me, a crowd of supporters set up. “Urban runmagedon” came to a halt, after all check-in checks with my backpack on my back I ran as far as the stairs down the 3rd floor, then the main lower hall to the elevators. Then “my” I had to stand by the elevators – the only way back to the 3rd floor from where the escalators down to the rail terminal go down again …. queue, a few corners, two straight and I’m at the “cleans” I check on the ticket and there is nothing there. No number and search again, which is my goal ?? … after a moment I heard the last reminder for passengers to Irkutsk from the megaphone – I found a lost goal and I am sitting on the plane sweaty with nerves.

I caught 3 deeper breaths and look around the plane of Russian domestic airlines. I expected a “cornflower”, which by the way will spray crop fields and here a new and fragrant, large airliner. I look at passengers – you can not see the typical European features of the face, you can already see the east. Darker complexion, slightly slanted eyes, flatter faces. After a while, the plane took off. After a dozen or so minutes of the flight, standard walks to the toilets and more and more common moods begin. I get up 5 guys, each dressed in working denim (probably mechanics or locksmiths) and they walk past me towards the toilet. The sight of such dressed passengers surprised me very much, they probably came home from work …
At the airport in Irkutsk I landed at 4 am (airport size of our Modlin airport). After the airfield, old Łada used to drive as technical vehicles, the fire brigade stood at the ready – old Ziła. From the windows of the bus I saw that the new airport is not and the years of its splendor have long since passed.

A bus was brought to the terminal and another adventure begins. In the terminal, several stalls and one room, which was opened during the delivery of luggage. Luggage rides on the feeder one by one, but mine, which I gave in Warsaw, of course, is not there. I look around and see that there are 15 people in the same situation.


Suddenly, there are 4 older women from the airport service, dressed in uniforms, and they put some Russian-language receipts to fill each one. I have something for them in English, a bit of a sign, my hand, I will not get along with my leg. I will add that I have never studied Russian so I can not read, write or speak in that language. I know only a few words and phrases: “sorrog piun”, “da”, “catory time”, “spasiba”, “blaę”. One of these women took pity and she herself filled me with a claim for undelivered luggage – I’m not sure about it to this day.

I’m already in Irkutsk and where are my friends who were waiting for me.

I’m calling but none of the boys pick up. So I went to a market stall with prepaid cards and I bought a SIM card with internet for around PLN 60. I launched the GPS Tronik application on the phone and I knew that my friends would be in the airport for 15 minutes. With the help of Tomala in Russian, we filed one more complaint for the luggage, this time at the Aeroflot representative. We asked that the luggage be delivered to Vladivostok. The lady’s face that served us was invaluable. How is this baggage to deliver to Vladivostok, it is very far away? … in response she heard … “we know, we will be there in a few days by car” … I do not want to know what this lady thought about us.

After a few days we arrived in Vladivostok. In the middle of the night we visited a beautiful airport. Luggage waited as promised and in it what we really wanted: Polish flags and scarves, all equipment fan, our business cards, leash drivenfar and my underwear and socks …

On the second day in Vladivostok, dressed in scarves and flags, we supported our team in a match with Senegal. The supporters from Japan helped us. We did everything to look good and look good in national colors, unfortunately our players on that day were unhappy …

Na drugi dzień we Władywostoku ubrani w odnalezione szaliki i flagi kibicowaliśmy mocno naszej drużynie w meczu z Senegalem. Pomagali nam kibice z Japonii. Zrobiliśmy wszystko, żeby godnie kibicować i być ubranym w barwy narodowe niestety nasi piłkarze tego dnia nie mieli szczęścia…

Our return flight from Tokyo also took place with Aeroflot with a change in Moscow.

Big plane friendly service all without reservation. The best thing was that we could track the flight over Siberia in monitors and remember the places we visited. In Warsaw at the airport, our beloved children’s wives and partners prepared a huge surprise for us. There were shouts, cries, hugs and kisses.

 

michal@drivenfar.com

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