AZIMUT Hotel Siberia
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... some photos, I went to John and Nikki's cabin and talked a bit but before long the train stopped for 10 minutes at a tiny place called Mangut.
We all trooped off the train to stretch our legs and take some quick photos before being herded back on the train. It kind of felt like we were exiles being sent to Siberia, being allowed 10 minutes parole at a train stop on the journey to oblivion. The exile system sent countless prisoners from European Russia to badly run prisons ...
... very dirty, and then fueled up, for the first time we filled a jerry can as well as the petrol stations where starting to become less frequent. The final task of the day was to get a weeks worth of food.
A not wholly exciting day but the evening was entertaining, one of the Russian staff at the hostel spoke English so I learnt lots about Russia, I also asked why many Russians didn't smile and she just laughed …. Then it was great, had a couple of people come over ...
On a night when we camped not far from some Gers we had a small group of children come along and stand and stare at us for sometime. They didn’t try and touch anything, just wanted to see the foreigners I think. It’s an Asian thing. Asians will cluster round and stare at foreigners, yet in Africa, we found many years ago, though it may have changed now, that the people would greet you then go on their way.
The thing ...
... up for the night at our hotel stops, swarms of locals gather round, and the two crew are constantly being pestered for autographs from teenage girls. No other crew receives this kind of adulation... although Channel One had a TV camera-crew waiting to interview the Rally Director last night. Their first questions were rather tricky to answer: "Why are you here... and, why do you do ...
... amazing to see them all. Sometimes you will see a whole bench full of ladies on the metro all in fur, or a couple of them walking down the street together and you really feel like you are in Russia. In Yekaterinburg, the younger ladies wear skyscraper heels with their furs, an incredible skill considering the waiting icy patches on every street.
Also at this time of year the police wear their long thick coats and furry hats. They were a huge presence in Moscow and they look ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
It was an excellent hotel
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