Monday, December 29, 2008

Places Where Nobody Would Find You: Magadan

"Magadan is Definately Not a Tourist Destination"
"The buildings in Magadan are mostly typically Russian highrise buildings. The pavements and streets are hardly ever cleaned and are revoltingly dirty. In summertime there are the odd flowers grown in front of some buildings and in little parks."

"Magadan is very isolated. The nearest major city is Yakutsk, 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) away via an unpaved road ['The Road of Bones'] which is best used in the winter, especially since there is no bridge over the Lena River at Yakutsk."

Cycling Home from Siberia:
"To Russians, Magadan was known as the “gateway to hell” - over 3 million
Russians who arrived at this port were sent to work to their deaths in the
icy gold mines of Kolyma."

Magadan is cold.