November 27, 2012
What Maxim Shakirov Loved about Australia

Russian band Bi-2 and Vladimir Shakhrin (lead singer of Chaif), likely conspiring with the Australian embassy, lured many-a-Russian to the other side of the planet with the lyrics: “From Russia to Australia It’s just a couplet and a chorus away.” After a five-hour chorus (the flight from Moscow to Dubai), a three-hour loss (waiting for the flight) ...

November 26, 2012
Lyudmila Korobeshko: Australia

The first thing I would like mention about the trip to Australia was our tight deadline. Just 5 days? That seemed too fast. It took us two days to fly out there. After you arrive, it takes you a while to gather your bearings. However things weren’t as bad as usual this time. We’ve flown so many times in the past year that it appears that our bodies ...

November 24, 2012
From the Journal of Ivan Dusharin: Australia

3.11.2012. It’s morning here in Sydney. We’re 7 hours ahead of Moscow. The flight was tough. We almost feel like we’re drunk. It took us more than a day to fly out here – I guess that’s just something you have to deal with. After getting off the plane, we made it through immigration and across the border relatively easily, but nobody was ...

November 7, 2012
To the
Team Alpari Sent to Prison

Everything started out okay. We decided to go for a walk around Sydney before we left Australia and pick up a couple of souvenirs. However, Max and Ivan got a little bit carried away inside one of the stores. They picked up a didgeridoo (an Aboriginal instrument) and started playing very loudly – to the point that the other shoppers had to cover ...

November 6, 2012
The Pacific ocean
(Русский) Домой через Тихий океан

Heading Back Home “Today we left the Snowy Mountains to head back to Sydney. Along the way, we happened upon a peculiar local event in the town of Cooma – a street music festival. Initially, Maxim took his ordinary position behind the camera, but then he decided to dazzle us with his talents.” “We hurried back to Sydney, taking the same road ...

November 5, 2012
On the top of Australia
(Русский) Команда на вершине Австралийского континента

Team Alpari Has Reached the Top of the Australia! Today at 6:30 Moscow time (13:30 for our team), Team Alpari unfurled the Alpari flag atop Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko. Lyudmila Korobeshko writes: “The climb was interesting. There was quite a bit of snow and the wind was pretty strong. We didn’t spot any remains of dead horses, but we did see ...

November 5, 2012
Good Morning from Team Alpari!

Team Alpari is at Dead Horse Gap, the starting point of their climb. It’s 8 AM there. We wish them a safe trip and hope they will have the chance to take in the natural beauty of the area. As for us, it’s bedtime.   ...

November 4, 2012
Dining in “Seventh Heaven” and Other Adventures in the Land Down Under

We haven’t exactly been getting great coverage with Thuraya, our satellite phone provider (traditional mobile networks don’t reach most of the areas where our team has been climbing). The messages coming in from the team have been difficult to decipher. Good thing there are normal mobile phone networks here in Australia. After we switched over to ...

November 3, 2012
Sydney: The Harbor, the Fish Market and the Spring Palms

Today we got an email from Lyudmila, in which she shared some of her initial impressions of Sydney (and some photos):“We finally made it into Sydney. It’s unbelievable. We’re running around trying to take as much of it in as possible.” “In our first couple of hours here, we visited the fish market, Darling Harbor and Hyde Park. Even in ...

November 2, 2012
Some Problems in Thailand

We just got a text message from Lyudmila Korobeshko, all the way from the other side of the planet. “After a 16-hour flight, we finally landed… in Thailand. All of the drinks remaining from Ivan’s birthday celebration were confiscated. We are being told we’ll be heading out to Sydney before too long.” “They’re really strict here. We’ve ...

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