Posted by Bob on April 04, 2001 at 12:08:35:
In Reply to: Re: ferry from Russia to Crimea, and apartments posted by Shoel on March 23, 2001 at 08:52:02:
I just came back from Sevastopol where my girl found me an apartment with hot water all the time, frig, stove, tv, cable, vcr for $20 a night. You can e-mail her at email@example.com and ask her about this if interested. Tell her that you spoke with Robert.
: I'm not sure from Russia to Crimea, but I did get the ferry the other way. I got a ferry from near Kerch just a kilometre or so across to Russia. I'm British and the process was really complicated on the Russian side, taking over an hour and my bus nearly had to leave without me. My case was extreme, however, as I didn't even have a Russian visa (last year it was possible to enter any CIS country using the visa of another nation - this rule is no longer in use). It all seemed very sinister but in fact it turned out that half an hour of waiting had been caused by the fact that they didn't have the right stamp for foreigners and had to send someone to get it.
: So...there certainly is a ferry; foreigners can get onto it; it takes about 10 minutes only; I'm not sure about foot passengers - I got a bus from Feodisia to Novorossiysk and so the ferry was all sorted out for us; do expect a little bit of negotiable hassle at the border, just because it's not a commonly-used border crossing for foreigners.
: As for appartments, it depends when you go and what kind of comfort you're used to. I rented a kind of appartment in Feodosia a couple of years ago for 5 grivnas (then USD 1) per night for two people, and I've had cheaper, if seedier, accommodation in Crimea. The general going rate for a separated room in a "pansionat" is about USD 2 per person per night and in a block of flats it's about double that. A lot depends on your bargaining skills. If you're used to more luxury, however, things will get a lot more expensive; the first time I went to Crimea it was in midsummer and there was almost no accommodation left in Yalta, and we ended up getting an upmarket flat for USD 15-20 per person per night. It had hot water at all hours, which was almost impossible to find in the rest of Crimea, due to no fault of the appartments but simply the regional water administration. I'm sure your Crimean friend will be able to hunt out the best deals. I'd start at the train or bus stations, where women crowd round prospective tenants.
: All the best,
: Shoel Stadlen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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