AZIMUT Hotel Siberia
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... the train stops, rather than be kept awake by the movement. The train makes regular short stops for a variety of reasons – to change the locomotive, top up water supplies etc. This happens day and night.
We have a lounge and bar car with a small piano where our resident ‘piano man’, Tony entertains us in the evenings. The ‘extra’ staff on the train are interesting! Tony is doing this trip as the ...
... pick up a car from somewhere, I forget where, as the beer is starting to work its magic. He is very surprised to find foreigners on the train, but is very keen to talk to us. We go back to our compartment and Leo's friends join us for a night cap, a bottle of cognac from Kazakhstan. A typically huge measure is handed to me (probably a quadruple measure at home) and, following their lead, I down it. By this point, I am getting rather drunk, but probably for the best, we retire to ...
... Siberia (Stalin didn't come up with the Gulag system himself. He just reinstated a tsarist policy. One that he was a part of on several occasions). One of the most famous exiles was Dostoyevsky, exiled after his death sentence for revolutionary activities was commuted. On at least two occasions, he was nearly beaten to death by guards, once for complaining that there was dirt in his soup, the other for saving a drowning man the guard said to let drown. Thankfully my journey isn't ...
... s (sat-nav) route back to Olgii we drove along a track alongside the river. This was a narrow valley with high mountains on both sides and lush green grass on the flat land beside the stream. It was a weekend and many people were out here in cars and trucks with small tents set up for camping and they were all busy cutting the grass with long handled scythes for hay. What they would cut here though would only feed a small number of animals over the long ...
... but the three long dusty dirt and gravel sections saw the stripped-down aluminium Ford special of Bill Cleyndert and Mark van Hees on a real charge, setting a total for the day of 13 hours, 09 minutes, 16 seconds, over three minutes quicker than the leader, Phil Garratt in the Chevy, who says he is "pacing it now, going more slowly" and also took large chunks of time out of ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
TravelPod Member ReviewsAZIMUT Hotel Siberia Novosibirsk
It was an excellent hotel
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