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SAMADHI WHILE POSING FOR ARTISTS, Tomsk, Russia travel blog

SAMADHI WHILE POSING FOR ARTISTS

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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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). ...

Swimming in Lake Baikal, Listvyanka, Russia travel blog

Swimming in Lake Baikal

A travel blog entry by hils

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... we met 3 english tourists. The 2 girls were working in Ekaterinburg for a year, they were taking a holiday with their friend, travelling from Vladivostock on the train. It was good talking to them. I had another Russian sauna and another early ...

Leaving Russia, Ulan Ude, Russia travel blog

Leaving Russia

A travel blog entry by hils

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Well I leave for Mongolia in the early hours of tomorrow morning so it's farewell Russia. I've just spent the last 2 days visiting monasteries and museums which has got a bit tedious. The Russia Experience claim they are for independent travellers, but ...

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

TWO DECADES AFTER PERESTROIKA - PART II

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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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 ...

KUMIR CANYON, AND HOW I GOT INTO THE CONCERT, Kumir Canyon, Altaiskyy Krai, Russia travel blog

KUMIR CANYON, AND HOW I GOT INTO THE CONCERT

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... said I should simply go say that I want to see the concert but don't have enough money.  He said, the "russkaya dusha" (Russian soul) is kind, and inviting. Ivan's advice was good.  I explained my situation to concert security, who told me to ...

Slower train to Moscow, Moscow, Russian Federation travel blog

Slower train to Moscow

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... the cars tuned into some Russian radio station that played English music. Regarding our "cabin-mates" -  I'm convinced dad is a Russian snoring champion, big brother does not talk but I did hear noises from the bunk above and the little sister seems ...

Moscow, Russia: Magical Moscow, Moscow, Russia travel blog

Moscow, Russia: Magical Moscow

A travel blog entry by samber

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... helpful when you've just been on a 6 hour train from St Petersburg with next to no leg room, navigated a metro all written in Russian (Sam did, I just followed) and walked up and down a darn street for half an hour looking for it. Finally Sam found it ...

THE WARM ARMS OF BANDITS, Berdsk, Novosibirskaya Oblast, Russia travel blog

THE WARM ARMS OF BANDITS

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... consistency of cottage cheese, a.k.a. curds).   I was surprised when the guys stopped to visit and show us a small Russian Orthodox church.  Colorful pictures of saints' faces, in pink and green, stood encased in golden squares.  Alyona, ...

Slow train to Siberia, Irkutsk, Russian Federation travel blog

Slow train to Siberia

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... are also considered to have zero sense of humour and I read somewhere that during a psychological assessment conducted on a group of Russian boarder guards after a shootout, it was found that 70% of the guards were not stable enough to do the jobs and ...

St Pete's - it's all a festive blur, St Petersburg, Russia travel blog

St Pete's - it's all a festive blur

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... of Japanese just to top it off. He's a journalism student and part time army lieutenant who's very knowledgeable in Russian history and general knowledge about his city. Couple this with his energetic delivery, patience and interest in learning some of ...

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 4, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 4

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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... on the safe side though we'd best set the alarms for 5 AM.... make it four. Either way, we were just glad to be through Russian border control. As the day wore on, the JWs asked us if we'd teach them the rules for shithead. They had seen us playing ...

KGB: Still Watching You, Moscow, Russia travel blog

KGB: Still Watching You

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... stage. We learnt all about the role of the KGB (the initials KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti, which is Russian for Committee for State Security), now known as FSB (Federal Security Bureau), and walked away with a better understanding ...

In Soviet Russia.....  Vodka drink you!, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation travel blog

In Soviet Russia..... Vodka drink you!

A travel blog entry by emmaandemma

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... which coutry we came from was established. We arrived at the border to Russia at about 3:30am and were met by a stereotypically chirpy Russian border official. We had to all get off the bus with all our bags andgo thorugh customs, we had to all then ...

A Riot of Colour!, Samara, Costa Rica travel blog

A Riot of Colour!

A travel blog entry by thymeoff

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No words are needed this time. Enjoy the tropical flowers of Central ...

Surprising Irkutsk, Irkutsk, Russian Federation travel blog

Surprising Irkutsk

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... been experiencing throughout Asia and even though the Russians are considered European there was still something uniquely strange about the Russian people that I couldn't quite put my finger on. After a few days I slowly began seeing the similarities and ...

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

HOW TO SURVIVE THE SUMMER, HOMELESS, IN RUSSIA

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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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 ...

ILLEGAL ENTRY #3 (UKRAINE TO RUSSIA), Oktyabrskyy, Belg. Obl., Russia travel blog

ILLEGAL ENTRY #3 (UKRAINE TO RUSSIA)

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... .) "Don't give me harbor for a gift.  Give me sea."      "We've got enemies.  That means we must also have friends." (two translations of Russian rock classics, sung by Pavel on his guitar) bye. Modern ...

Lake Baikal, Lystvyanska, Russia travel blog

Lake Baikal

A travel blog entry by martinandheike

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... success with getting his ticket after one failed attempt!!! Our cabin companians of four days were a small silent chap and a very typically russian woman of the strong type!!! It's amazing how long or how short a while it takes to get to know your ...

White nights continue, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation travel blog

White nights continue

A travel blog entry by madman96

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After a few hours of sleep I go on a most beautiful walking tour of the city that takes me through some parks, along the river, over a bridge and spits me back out at Palace Square to see the Hermitage.  There is a lot of military presence around ...

Ra Ra Rasputin, St Petersburg, Russia travel blog

Ra Ra Rasputin

A travel blog entry by natandkat

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... of scribble that some 1st grader put together when he got lost in there and had to make his own way out because the lazy russian caretakers wouldn't get off their chairs to assist. Anyway, I'm moaning now and I'd hate to end on that note. We have ...

Hello Sailor!, Yekaterinberg, Russia travel blog

Hello Sailor!

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... on numerous occasions but it was quite clear they would serve us when they were good an ready. Another fine example of Russian service! After about 15 minutes of waiting we eventually got served and headed back to the room with our sparking mineral water ...

Must see Moscow, Moscow, Russian Federation travel blog

Must see Moscow

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... thought of you, O Moscow! Moscow, how much there is in that sound That flows together for the heart of the  Russian.   - A Pushkin (probably most famous Russian poet of all time) from Yevgeny Onegin -    Even the train ...

Thrown out of Red Square, Moscow, Russia travel blog

Thrown out of Red Square

A travel blog entry by hils

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... the square. I decided to sit outside the barrier to see what was going on. About 15 minutes later hundreds of Russian soldiers started marching across the sqaure. Next thing there was the Russian National Anthem booming out of loud speakers all round ...

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

A SECOND AND A THIRD WALK AROUND TOMSK

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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  Kirova Street (I call all roads "streets," even if they're parallel, perpendicular, intersecting, curving, or upside-down) is very pleasant to walk along, especially on late winter evenings. The two lanes of car traffic are separated by ...

The Vodka Train, Ekaterinburg to Urkustk, Russia travel blog

The Vodka Train

A travel blog entry by hils

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... 50 hours passed very quickly, playing cards most of the time, with Lei and Gerry from Australia. Lana and Maria were 2 Russian girls returning to Irkustk after a year studying in America. They taught us a great Russian card game called fool. Guiseppe ...

Magical Moscow, Moscow, Russia travel blog

Magical Moscow

A travel blog entry by mightylongway

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... and museums rather than giving us any insight into this seat of power. That night, after another frustrating 'experience' of Russian queues and 'customer service' we finally managed to get train tickets to St Petersburg (in a Russian queue you can tell ...

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 letdown, Moscow, Russian Federation travel blog

The letdown

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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... , and all it stands for, in the new Russia. So much so that Boris Yeltsin, the first post-USSR president of the Russian Federation, intended to close the tomb and bury Lenin next to his mother in St. Petersburg where, apparently, he wished to spend ...

Krasnayarsk, Krasnyarsk, Russian Federation travel blog

Krasnayarsk

A travel blog entry by mightylongway

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... an overnight train trip along the forested and flat Siberia we arrived in the small city of Krasnayarsk. The town is a fairly average Russian city and we spent most of our time enjoying the nearby attractions. First day there we took a scenic boat trip ...

Olkhon Island, Olkhon, Russian Federation travel blog

Olkhon Island

A travel blog entry by wdtraveltime

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... quality naps, a good chat with the German couple, another trip to the beach. Oh yes, and some reading of depressing Russian writers. Is there nothing commendable at all! - what was Anton Chekhov's problem, too much cabbage and not enough naps? ...

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