Travel Blogs from Tomsk, Russian Federation

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A.S.E.: TEACH (PART I), Tomsk, Russia travel blog

A.S.E.: TEACH (PART I)

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... .  He confidently knew he could pound any of his classmate's heads into the ground.  He asked, always in Russian, if I really enjoyed traveling. I mentioned my love for Colombia.  Furry Pasha mentioned, "narkotiky."  Furry Pasha and ...

WINTER HAS COME, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

WINTER HAS COME

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... many disappointments.  I have little energy to go on.  But ... I'm still going on. My time with classic Russian literature, I'm happy to say, recently yielded a golden gem.  Anton Pavlovich Chexov's short story, "The Sixth Ward," is ...

TWO SCARY DDT SONGS, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

TWO SCARY DDT SONGS

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While residing in my scary, wooden house, I hear two of DDT's Russian rock songs ringing in my mind. They're off the band's creative 1992 album, "Eto Vse".  (The album's title song is probably my new favorite song.) In the third song, "Chetire ...

SCARY HOUSE, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

SCARY HOUSE

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... , and - like all the previously-mentioned rooms, and the next-to-be mentioned one - no light.  But, many of Tomsk's wooden houses have outdoor bathrooms, so, you see, mine is pretty good. If I were to attempt to bathe myself here rather ...

ENJOY ENGLISH SONGS, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

ENJOY ENGLISH SONGS

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... She'd been a big participator in her class's English discussion with me, absurdly laughing at us then saying something light-spirited in Russian.  She's a ninth-grader.  She'd spoken almost no English when I'd seen her last, and it amazed me to ...

THE MOSCOVIAN KADRIL AND OTHER FUN DANCES, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

THE MOSCOVIAN KADRIL AND OTHER FUN DANCES

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... , twirled around one another, exchanged partners as we twirled, and began anew.  "Clap!"  Our toes hit the floor.  Quick, Russian music played. We also danced: a polka, in which we men danced with two women - one on each side - and were ...

DOCUMENT by Justin Breen, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

DOCUMENT by Justin Breen

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... ;\ {drawing of 80's Night}  {drawing of Russia. \  arrows with question marks leading West and East from Tomsk}           TOMSK!            ...

... AND NEW HOPE, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

... AND NEW HOPE

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... my guest a good time.  After all, she'd called ME, saying she wanted to come over to translate into Russian one of my stories about Tomsk, because she'd liked it so much. But, with her new relationship with Pavel secretly in the works, she closed ...

LOOKING FOR WORK IN A NEW TOWN (A MANUAL), Tomsk, Russia travel blog

LOOKING FOR WORK IN A NEW TOWN (A MANUAL)

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... trip from the Czech Republic.  You saw a few countries, you changed money when you needed to, you bought a handy Russian road atlas.  The hitchhiking worked well, you paused often to swim and rest when tired.  The unfamiliar world was ...

A.S.E.: ICE SKATE, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

A.S.E.: ICE SKATE

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... ), "outside nudity", "Balderdash", "the infamous amphibious tennis-ball game" (named by Ewan "Johnny" Smith), "banya" (the Russian sauna), "practice slam dunks", "syrova omacka" (a Czech food), "foreign-language Scrabble", "snowball fight", "the ...

ALASKAN ARCHITECTURE, Tomsk, Tomskaya Oblast, Russia travel blog

ALASKAN ARCHITECTURE

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... record, he doesn't put the "gay" in "Sergei" - if you understand what I mean.  If provoked, he'll talk in Russian all day long about how most soldiers stopped fighting the Germans during World War I because a Civil War was going on; or about putting ...

LAST NIGHT A ROCK BAR SAVED MY LIFE, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

LAST NIGHT A ROCK BAR SAVED MY LIFE

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... itching to leave.  He also mentioned how incredible Russian girls are. American women can be incredible, too.  But, Russian women: there's something amazing and strong in almost every one. In the rock bar, two curvy girls with curvy dance ...

VLYUBLYONYY, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

VLYUBLYONYY

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... , and snow-faded-green paint on the walls. We sat on cushions around the low table.  Nastia turned on some folkloric Russian music and smiled mysteriously.  We ate seaweed salad on sandwich meat on bread.  Although it was late, I ...

SICK IN THE CITY, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

SICK IN THE CITY

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... my life, living far from the center.  I get few things done; I still haven't found places to play basketball, soccer, "lapta" (Russian baseball), nor to ballroom-dance; I can't really go to nightclubs; my friends are far away.  I don't think I'm ...

A NEW YEAR, ..., Tomsk, Russia travel blog

A NEW YEAR, ...

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... 's face and who loves joking and giggling, wore a viking's bra, blond pigtails, and a viking's helmet.  She played me in Russian Scrabble, while we ate. Russian tradition also states that your next year will go similarly to how you enter it. ...

A.S.E.: TEACH (PART II), Tomsk, Russia travel blog

A.S.E.: TEACH (PART II)

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... told about it.  Two young rockers proudly showed photo's of their band.  Blond, plain-looking Aleksei - whose hobby is Russian baseball, "lapta" - showed a photo he'd taken with a friend, when they'd climbed a ski-jump in winter to capture their ...

A WALK AROUND TOMSK, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

A WALK AROUND TOMSK

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... nbsp; This old book has drawings of 19th Century Peterburgians on its thick spine, and the square letters of the Russian alphabet are convenient for a serious and straight-forward story-telling.  The novel's characters had strengths and weaknesses, ...

SAMADHI WHILE POSING FOR ARTISTS, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

SAMADHI WHILE POSING FOR ARTISTS

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... .  Mmm.  It was a calm birthday. The next day, a Saturday, after giving a private English lesson, I went to a real Russian birthday party. It took place in a small town, in a "dacha" (a small, wooden cottage, surrounded by its own garden). ...

TWO DECADES AFTER PERESTROIKA - PART II, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

TWO DECADES AFTER PERESTROIKA - PART II

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... beautiful, if women; and, now that there's capitalism, richer. Some climb heartlessly.  Those who possess a certain Russian character (usually, these are uneducated, yet sometimes they're very successful businessmen) are dark and interested only ...

HOW TO SURVIVE THE SUMMER, HOMELESS, IN RUSSIA, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

HOW TO SURVIVE THE SUMMER, HOMELESS, IN RUSSIA

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... things useless to a traveler; canned pig tongues and other disgusting food items; and useful things, such as a black necklace with a Russian Orthodox symbol, which I wear not for its religious meaning but to remember the people who gave it to me. I ...

A SECOND AND A THIRD WALK AROUND TOMSK, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

A SECOND AND A THIRD WALK AROUND TOMSK

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... arching, round-topped windows. I, a free spirit, rarely feel the desire to belong to something.  But, Tomsk Polytechnical University has mesmerizing buildings; it's well-organized; and the students have unique personalities and energy to ...

TWO DECADES AFTER PERESTROIKA - PART I, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

TWO DECADES AFTER PERESTROIKA - PART I

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... vy menya ne ponyal." (Obviously, you didn't understand me.)  This may've been a hint at an insult, towards my not being Russian.  But, I HAD understood him.  I just couldn't believe him.  He said I "take up space" (though I hardly ...

The Ural Mountains, Ekaterinburg, Russia travel blog

The Ural Mountains

A travel blog entry by hils

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... up a new memorial which the mayor was coming that day to unveil. It was for all the other poor people who died in Russian prisons. It was very interesting talking to them. We had a good walk through the forest with a bit of climbing at the end, ...

Siberia......baby!, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

Siberia......baby!

A travel blog entry by aborder

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... to look forward to, to stretch the legs, grab some food or just some fresh air. Opposite and below me was a large old Russian lady who snored like a pig who swallowed a piglet. It annoyed me the first night, but I slept more during the day (when ...

From Siberia With Love, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

From Siberia With Love

A travel blog entry by brookeandnick

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... , but turns out it’s been around since the 1800s. There’s no excuse, LP. We enjoyed some handcrafted beers and the Russian bar snack of choice, very garlicky, deep fried bread. Nick said I still had garlic breath even after I brushed my teeth ...

Tomsk or bust, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

Tomsk or bust

A travel blog entry by gearoids

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... . Not to worry. The one directly in front of us was a lot more helpful.  After gesturing and using our basic Russian and writing indiscipherable hieroglyphs down on the paper, we establish that we can change our ticket for two days later at twice the ...

Tomsk, in the middle of Siberia region, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

Tomsk, in the middle of Siberia region

A travel blog entry by perez_r

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... After some hours the girls throw out the boys and Antonio, Arno and Basil followed drinking and drinking vodka with other Russian guys ('malo malote' and others). Fernando decided not to drink but his room was full of drunk people ... it wasn´t the ...

All aboard the Trans-Siberian Express..., Tomsk, Russia travel blog

All aboard the Trans-Siberian Express...

A travel blog entry by amyandmark

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... new shapes or are backwards Roman letters. There are even two out of the 32 that have no sound! Nevertheless, the Hitch's year of Russian study in Nottingham proved that she did spend some time in the classroom as opposed to in the pub as we managed to ...

Siberia, Tomsk, Russian Federation travel blog

Siberia

A travel blog entry by jamesburford

I awoke this morning in my bed on the train to find a significant landscape change, the thicker forest has been replaced by a barren plateau covered with a brown grass and pockmarked by thin white trees, strangely reminiscent of the Australian ...

Tom Tomsk FC, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

Tom Tomsk FC

A travel blog entry by tomandamy

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... sightseeing before heading back on the train for 2 nights onto Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.  They also have a great named local team - Tom Tomsk FC.  Think I may start supporting them as they will probably be better than Arsenal soon ...

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