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Russia - final thoughts, Volgovo, Russia travel blog

Russia - final thoughts

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... cultural, situational or both? Who knows... Anyway, I've waffled on enough but at the risk of regurgitating old cliches, Russian is a land of interesting contradiction and of dashed expectations. In a lot of cases that's not a bad thing, just ...

It Begins!, St Petersburg, Russian Federation travel blog

It Begins!

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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We arrived safe and sound last night and on time. Got picked up from the airport and taken to our homestay not far from the centre of St Petersburg. Are staying with a widow called Irina who is very nice and cooks great food for us. Any attempt ...

Update from St Petersburg with photos!, St Petersburg, Russian Federation travel blog

Update from St Petersburg with photos!

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... ) - narrowly avoided a major international incident when my towel fell off on the way to the shower! It feels a lot more genuine Russian experience than staying in one of the 5* hotels (yes I have to keep telliing Emma that!) Today is a lot warmer ...

Ballet and all in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation travel blog

Ballet and all in St. Petersburg

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... us a few hours of precious sleep before the walking tour scheduled for the morning.   Our guide was a lovely, young Russian girl with a wealth of knowledge.  Her walking tour was actually so informative that we felt we've seen the entire city ...

St Petersburg and Moscow, St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia travel blog

St Petersburg and Moscow

A travel blog entry by marc-patty

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An early morning start and we on our way by train from Helsinki to St Petersburg. Russian border control is as strict as ever and we eventually make it into St Petersburg 6 hours later. We are greeted by Marc's Russian friend, Dmitry, who he used to ...

BARE-TOP MOUNTAIN, Lake Kolxoznoe, Resp. Altai, Russia travel blog

BARE-TOP MOUNTAIN

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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The first place I went to in the Altai Mountains wasn't as pretty as the pictures which Alyona, the squiggly-eyed Bashkirk painter, drew of it. Handicapped by the fantastic, rather than natural, colors of her colored-pencil set, she scribbled blotches ...

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. ...

Life in a queue (+ other stories in the big smoke), Moscow, Russia travel blog

Life in a queue (+ other stories in the big smoke)

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... message behind this remarkably chauvinist chocolate bar, especially from the small woman with handbag symbol on the back panel. Apparently the Russian says something to the effect of "Too much chocolate and too many nuts for women. This product is for ...

the Paris of Siberia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

the Paris of Siberia

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... tone in proceeding paragraphs we did have a pretty good time here and are looking forward to future stops of our Russian itinerary (maybe not the upcoming 72 hour train ride however). Finally, we like to once again thank Stas the BaikalComplex ...

Domes, dead bodies and downpours, Moscow, Russia travel blog

Domes, dead bodies and downpours

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... train. Well, I say Waitrose, it was the closest thing to a supermarket that we have been able to find!!!! We managed to find some great delicacies...Russian pot noodles, Russian biscuits, Russian Bread (but it was out of date so we put it back!) and some ...

Welcome to Moscow -

Welcome to Moscow - "School Day"

A travel blog entry by catters

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... system, everything is challenging when it is written in Cyrillic, It was time to catch up with the Hock and start the Russian festivities. Moscow itself was an awesome place, so much history, so different from anywhere i have ever been. The buildings ...

Day 9, Angarsk, Russia travel blog

Day 9

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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... the ages 20-30. There is a good section of older western tourists too around retirement age, and the rest of the passengers are Russian and Chinese people going about their business. Nobody gets on or off at the stations we pass, though lots will depart ...

8 hours with your legs crossed, Naushki, Russia travel blog

8 hours with your legs crossed

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... the train to check our paperwork and passports, they helped us add a few things to the forms by pointing and talking in Russian. We also established that they wanted our customs form from the Mongolia-China border but we were not given a copy. Mongolian ...

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

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

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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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

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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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, ...

Living in a Squat, St Petersburg, Russia travel blog

Living in a Squat

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... to walk to our hostel Zimmer Frie. We'd booked this and our Moscow accommodation back in August as part of getting our Russian Visas. In Moscow we'd stayed at a place called Godzillaz. Godzillaz was great and we'd recommend it to anyone. Now, Zimmer Frie ...

We have now officially left Europe (for 11 months), Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation travel blog

We have now officially left Europe (for 11 months)

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... of where we went today) - Is where Boris Yeltsin came from and started his political career - Is where the Romanovs (Russian monarchy/tsars) were in exile and later killed during the revolution in 1918. Most things here have some Romanovian ...

Trans Siberia, Moscow-Irkutsk-Day 1, Off we go, Vladimir, Russia travel blog

Trans Siberia, Moscow-Irkutsk-Day 1, Off we go

A travel blog entry by jeroenandlinda

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The night on the train was kind of hard, the bed in the train is far from comfortable and for me very narrow. Luckily it was just long enough for me to fit in. This train, train number 2, is supposed to be a luxurious one. And that kind of worries me. ...

St. Petersburg, the Hermitage and Odd Breakfasts, St. Petersburg, Russia travel blog

St. Petersburg, the Hermitage and Odd Breakfasts

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... clothes. Ellen gets by just fine with her Slavic features. When encounters occur, the Russkies start conversing with her in Russian. With me, it's entirely different. I'd need at the very least cheekbone implants to fit in. Where Ellen gets "zdrastvuyte" ...

Red Square and Some Nice Young People, Moscow, Russia travel blog

Red Square and Some Nice Young People

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... dark, rainy morning at Kropotkinskaya Metro station, somewhere near our apartment. Oh, and Kropotkinskaya, like every other word in Russian, is written in the very different Cyrillic alphabet. While Ellen, Anton and I stood in the misty darkness, Sasha ...

Gold Fountains  !!!, Peterhof, Russian Federation travel blog

Gold Fountains !!!

A travel blog entry by andrewy

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... one, even at the airport, bus, train station knows any English. When I ask them, do you understand English politely in Russian, they automatically says no and respond in Russian.  My few Russian words and knowing the Cryillic alphabets did get me a ...

Day 3, Moscow, Russia travel blog

Day 3

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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... meant Russia! We'd already got our Russian visas checked out at the Poland-Belarus border so there were no such formalities here. A Russian Officer came and stood outside our cabin for an age, I wondered whether he wanted to see my passport, but as we ...

The Curse Of St Petersburg, St Petersburg, Russia travel blog

The Curse Of St Petersburg

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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... So we left it. We went back to the hostel and asked the very helpful girl there if she would write us a note, in Russian, explaining exactly what we wanted. Basically the next available night train to Moscow. So we went back to the station (about an ...

From Russia with love, Listvyanka, Russian Federation travel blog

From Russia with love

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... off us from the minute we walked in and had a very unhappy constipated look on his face. He was dressed in the typical wealthy Russian style of a tight fitting designer t-shirt with the brand name printed all over the t-shit and black trousers. He must of ...

I'm on the Train!!, In Transit, Russian Federation travel blog

I'm on the Train!!

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... enjoyed our private 1st class 2 berth compartment (see photos) - a bit like the train to Hogwarts in Harry Potter! Enjoyed Russian Champagne (2 GBP) and caviar (80p - a bit cheap and nasty though!) and many of the other provisions we bought for the ...

Slept Like a Baby, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia travel blog

Slept Like a Baby

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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We slept like babies on the train as we didn't have to worry about anything with the door locked. We missed seeing the white Europe-Asia Border Obelisk outside of Kungur, but who figured we'd miss spotting a snow covered white monument in the middle of ...

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Listyvanka, Russia travel blog

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

A travel blog entry by irax

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... in Siberia, but that doesn't mean that it's big. Our city tour lasted all of two hours, some of which involved looking inside more Russian Orthadox churches and then the bulk of it was a walk down the Angara River. We did pass a pretty cool statue of Yuri ...

Fashion Victims, Yekaterinberg, Russia travel blog

Fashion Victims

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... Martyr Grand Princess Yelisaveta Fyodorovna. To the side was a cool "ice church" made of large blocks of ice and the Russian Orthodox Church of Blood. Eventually we headed back to the hotel and finally picked up our train tickets from the elusive Guide ...

The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia travel blog

The Kremlin

A travel blog entry by susan_g

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... I have to say, but it worked a treat for them. I made a mental note was made there and then to brush up on Russian politics at some point during life! Here I am at the Kremlin... First and foremost the Kremlin is beautiful as it combines a variety of ...

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