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Farewell, Russia

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2008-08-03 04:02 UTC Click images for enlargements.

It's about as tedious to leave Russia as it is to enter. This is a view of the waiting (and waiting, and waiting) room at the Murmansk airport before we ran the gauntlet of departure control. As befits a civilised nation with control of its borders, nobody was required to take off their shoes.

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2008-08-03 06:26 UTC

And here's a last look just before boarding the Finnair flight to Helsinki. Tonight we'd be sleeping in a place where the Sun sets at night for the first time in two weeks!

by John Walker
August 20th, 2008
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