As it's so cold you tend not to want to drink water but its also so dry the moisture is sucked out of you. Whereas in NZ you have pollen/allergy alerts on the weather site, here you have dry air warnings.
At 8.30 we set off for Rausu, on the North East peninsula.
You can see the Russian Islands from here, of course the Japanese say they are theirs!
I could see many beautiful shots from the bus… it's an immutable law of travelling when you cannot stop.
Another immutable law of travelling is that sooner or later everyone has an off day and today was mine. I flagged the afternoon boat trip to photograph eagles out on the sea ice. As many will know I'm not a good sailor so that was too big an ask for me today. I slept.