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... of Nicholas, Alexandra and their children just felt...a little odd. Nicholas wasnt a particularly good Tsar. Or even an average one, if one is honest. He was militarily inept and refused to accept the reality of the country he was ruling. But he was a good person. He believed that the higher status one is, the greater the responsibility to help others should be, which is something he tried to instill in his children. During World War I, Alexandra and their daughters became nurses and ...
Train 9 transfer to train 10 ...Yekaterinburg > Novosibrisk 22 hours (GMT +6)
Disturbed at 0500 but the addition of a new cabin mate. She struggles noisily to bring all her bags into the cabin and James gets up to help her load it into the top stowaway. We all get back to sleep for another couple of hours before sharing our useful bananas and green tea bags to break the morning ice and begin conversation.
... starting July 23rd, arriving July 25th. We are both excited and nervous about that. It will be a long train ride and the compartments are small and often without air conditioning.
Something worth mentioning. When we were eating breakfast at our hotel in Kazan, there was music playing in the restaurant. Clearly no one knew English in the room because the song was not your typical song playing during a meal. The refrain went something like this:
"I'm horny ...
... Russian orthodox saint.
Then we headed around the city by car. We stopped to look at a few sights such as the old dam and the statue of the founders (known to the local kids as Beavis and Butthead as the statues have their backs to the church and the facial expressions are odd). There are a few remaining statues throughout the soviet period here which have not been pulled down.
We discovered that this is not a tourist town as we were not able ...
... on the site of assassination of Czar Nicholas II and his family. While we are suffering from a bit of cathedral fatigue, but it was indeed a nice place to see as it was recently built and we could compare it to the dark and medieval St Basil's in Red Square.
Probably the most interesting part of our tour was a discussion with the tour guide about the perceptions of Russia in the West and the current political climate. As ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking