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... II and his family had been taken after they had been murdered and which has quite recently been turned into a memorial. The pit where their remains had been dumped was there amid an array of pretty log buildings including chapels all made without the use of nails. All this was set in a beautiful forested area, made even more picturesque with roofs, trees and ground all white with freshly fallen snow. After a good look around here, we went back to ...
... there after him.
Anyway, I made my way back to the tram stop and as I had a couple more hours before my train, I decided to go and visit the Urals Mineralogical Museum.
This was a private collection of crystals, minerals and semi-precious stones belonging to Vladimir Pelepenko.
There were some really amazing pieces from all around the Urals area.
Then I made my way back to the hostel, via the supermarket.
... not the Metro. Again our directions of street names were in the "Roman" alphabet but all signs at the bus stops and trains stations were in Russian ‘Cyrillic”. We finally gave up and found the address on our trusty Navigator Man handheld set and showed it to a taxi driver who said not a problem. At least we could track his progress along the way but as we had already agreed on a price, it didn’t really matter.
Made it to our Hostel not as good as ...
... for parents to reject their babies. Orphanages are the only growth industry and they produce damaged, disfunctional individuals. There is no work beyond tending a veg patch and as the population dwindles, schools close and many are left without schooling. Escape to the city often leads to homelessness or prostitution. Russian internet brides are plentiful but beware; they may come with a deal of emotional baggage. One legacy of the socialist era are the ...
... one frequented by wedding parties. After much picture taking we were entertained with Champagne and chocolates.
So, we have stepped into Europe, not far to go!!
(*) Btw our party (all from Oz, 5 from WA) consists of 3 mature age couples, 2x mature age ladies, 2x girls 30's, and a single man 50's. Our tour leader is Mongolian and she speaks Chinese, Mongolian and Russian and convereses with us very well in English!