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... thinker and cupids in another and city pride monuments and eminent people in the main square. It's a bit run down in places, metal guide rods showing through decayed concrete staircases and the like, but that means that where in Yekaterinburg you have to go in search of original wooden houses, here they are all over, especially around the city park. Nerpa is good and sociable, too. I'd thought I was socialled out for now, but it only takes an American ...
... roller grasslands on Mongolia.
After UB we hit the Gobi which wasn't quite the sand dunes we hope to see later in our trip but was a sprawling sandy arid mass of vastness hard to describe.
We filled the time with reading, playing cards & rummicub (a great game if you don't know it), listening to music and chatting to our companions on the train who were also stupid enough to embark on such a journey.
... twisty, 2 hrs car ride), needless to say I was very sick the entire way and for several hours after arrival. Zach didn't have a great time either as he spent the trip SARDINED between an angry Russian and an irritating (and also angry) Aussie. By the time we got there and followed the directions given (which were wrong) we had to ask for directions 3 times before the 4th set of directions were actually right! We were pretty irritated by the time we got ...
... the four Swedes & set off on the hike I had planned to the next village, Bolshie Koty (Big Cats in Russian) which is only accessible by boat or on foot through a mountainous tropical jungle. Hamish found himself a snake stick as he was more worried about those than the bears or cougars! I was more worried about the hybrid cricket butterfly things that made a screeching noise, I got such a fright I almost went off the narrow cliff path into the lake. ...
... After a delicious meal (I had fish from Lake Baikal wrapped in little pastry parcels), which they paid for despite my protests, we went for a walk towards the river, to check out some of the sights up there; namely Bogoyavlensky Cathedral. We bumped into Tou on the way, who told us that the cathedral was definitely worth a visit.
The Bogoyavlensky Cathedral is a kind of cooked salmon colour on the outside, and on the inside the walls are completely covered with paintings ...
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