I hit the town boundary with only 20 minutes of light remaining.
In my place, I imagine that most other people would simply take the first accommodation on offer. But budget travelling has done weird things to my mind, and so, without even checking, I deem the beachside hotels too expensive and continue into town.
Performing a full lap of town with frozen hands, I stop briefly at a grocer for essentials, but am unable to make my other needs understood. I conclude that my only options now are places which I’ve already seen on the way in, or those whose entrances are illuminated, this excluding the majority of the town structures.
I settle on a large building, which isn’t on the beach, and am excited to see that it has what looks like a built-in Banya!
Entering the lobby of U Mikhalycha, a young couple come down to answer the bell. They announce that the going rate is 800 roubles. As I’d paid 1000 the night before, and 750 the night before that, and am in a bigger town now, in a bigger building, and it’s damned cold, it seems more than reasonable.
But the girl seems happily surprised when I accept, so perhaps I could have bargained the rate down for the low season.
And as these things inevitably go, the Banya is closed, as is the cafe, so I buy a 387 beer, and head upstairs to snack on my essentials of biscuits and chocolate.
Compared to my previous accommodations, the room is huge. But first impressions aren’t everything. While the bed is comfortable, it is still too short for this 6 ft tourist. I have my own TV, but it’s small and tinny. The bathroom is massive, but the shower pressure is weak and the water goes cold quickly. And there is no way to boil water.
But the portable radiator warms the room quickly, so I watch an Asian parkour & martial arts movie, then fall comfortably asleep.