The four storey mall opened in November 2009. It hosts a lot of designer clothing shops. It has a big play area for children as well as a food court and one restaurant. There is also a big food market. It lacks a smaller cofee shop though. Clothes, mobile phones and equipment, house ware, groceries, jewellery, toys, imported trinkets. Designer...more
3 Venskaya Street, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Siberia, 693
Good for: Business
This is a great spot for observing after work schmoozing where the locals (mainly long tall blondes) let down their hair and mix it with the expats (mainly short, bald men). And by "a great spot" - once you get past the atrocious service, awful food etc - it's hilariously good fun.The most outstanding feature of Level 8 is the service. If you are...more
If you're going to Sakhalin 1 project you'll have to take the train from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. It usually leaves in the evening and arrives in Nogliki around 11 in the morning. It's an old Soviet type of train. The toilets are closed during the stops, so try to do what you gotta do before the station otherwise you'll have to wait for at least 20-30...more
If you're flying from Moscow you'll most likely fly Transaero or Domodedovo Airlines. I enjoyed the flight with Transaero, they give you pillows, blankets, those eye pads for sleeping (whatever you call them). If you have children they give you a small bag with toys and puzzles to keep.The flight was over 8 hours and it would be ok if it wasn't for...more
Bring a lot of warm clothes. Gloves and a warm hat is a must. In May it's starts getting warmer, but you'd still have to wear a jacket. Also if you go there in autumn or spring make sure you have good/not expensive boots. It gets extremely muddy, there's puddles and dirt everywhere!!! Coldrex, Lemsip - anything for flu and cold. Don't forget...more
Mosquitos up this part of the country are like none I have experienced before - vicious, determined, sneaky and painful!
From the very earliest onset of dusk until an hour or so after sunrise, all summer is plagued by mosquitos. So many locals seem not to be affected, but in the space of half an hour I had 8 bites - and that was despite having anti bug cream on. I have even, in the past, been bitten through denim at midday.