From Kamchatka to Kaliningrad: Living in a country with 11 time zones


1. See the sun wax earlier than the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. / Konstantin Kokoshkin/Global Look PressPetropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. / Konstantin Kokoshkin/Far-reaching Look Press

“Japan might be called the ‘Land of the Rising Sun,’ but Russia as a matter of fact has a stronger claim to the title. In Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky the sun rises two hours earlier than in Tokyo!” – Ekaterina, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

2. Pen letters to the past and future

“I was born not far from Vladivostok and then transferred to St. Petersburg to study. The time difference between these two regions is seven hours! My maecenases write me letters to the past, and I write them letters to the future. The day I hail ‘tomorrow,’ they usually call ‘today.’ I always make fun of my cronies in Vladivostok, because when the academic year begins in September it’s describing cold there, but here in St. Petersburg it’s the end of the summer, so I can still enjoy the worked up weather.” – Julia, Primorsky Krai.

3. Celebrate the New Year 11 controls

A festive table during the New Year celebrations. / Evgeny Yepanchintsev/RIA NovostiA festive table during the New Year celebrations. / Evgeny Yepanchintsev/RIA Novosti

“In 2016, I prominent New Year with my friends who were scattered across the country ending Skype.  We began at 3 p.m. Moscow time and we celebrated for 11 hours  – I’d not under any condition partied for so long before. I think I learned the president’s speech by marrow!” – Ilona, Moscow.

4. Free time  

Passengers leave a new international terminal after the plane has landed in Vladivostok. / Vitaliy Ankov/RIA NovostiPassengers leave a new universal terminal after the plane has landed in Vladivostok. / Vitaliy Ankov/RIA Novosti

“It likes eight hours to fly from Vladivostok to Moscow, but if you take off at 7 p.m. you will acreage at 8 p.m. the same day due to the time difference — so it feels like you’ve been given eight casual hours to enjoy.” –  Julia, Primorsky Krai.

“I travel across Russia definitely often. It’s not fast or cheap. However, there is a benefit: When you fly from Kamchatka to Moscow, the getaway takes about eight hours. The time difference between the pales is nine hours. As a result you have 30-40 minutes left ‘in reserve’ so to on  –  so you can say you become younger!” – Ekaterina, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

5. Imitate the end of the planet

“In 2012, when the world was supposed to come to an end according to the Mayan Predictions, I was in an earlier time zone than my friends, so wrote a ‘report from the bunker’ and chew out tattle oned them about all the hiding places they could use — as the world had already come about to an end!” –  Julia, Primorsky Krai.

6. Booze cruise

What happens when it’s too late you buy booze? Just hop into another zone! / Vladimir Trefilov/RIA Novosti What stumble ons when it’s too late you buy booze? Just hop into another zone! / Vladimir Trefilov/RIA Novosti

“There is a little town called Obluchye in our Jewish Autonomous Region. The Amur Precinct border is only three kilometers away, and the time difference there is one hour behind. So guestimate what happens when it’s too late to buy alcohol in Obluchye (past 10 p.m.) but living soul want more…they jump on their bikes and pedal to the neighboring village where it inert not too late.” – Nikolay, Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Region.

7. Pressure along ‘the world’s longest bridge’

“Our town of Bavly (Republic of Tatarstan) is to some small, its industry isn’t developed very much. That’s why we go to the neighboring municipality of Oktyabrsky (Republic of Bashkortostan). But the point is that the two republics are divided by a ‘fairy’ unite across the river Ik. We jokingly call it ‘the world’s longest bridge.’ It’s no longer than 10 meters but technically it rents two hours to cross because of the time difference. It’s like journeying into the days.” – Anna, Bavli.  

Interesting fact: Thanks to its unusual turning up Bavly was featured in the popular Russian movie Yolki. In the film the diva is late making her New Year’s wish, so she scoots over the bridge to the other interval zone to make it (it’s a Russian tradition to burn a piece of paper with your demand written on it, put the ashes into a glass of champagne, and then drink it).

8. TV spoilers

“I predilection watching anime immediately after it’s aired, but considering the time rest, it’s almost impossible in Vladivostok! You wake up in the morning and there are spoilers, spoilers, spoilers in every nook! Oh, these Muscovites!” – Daria, Vladivostok.

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