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... lifespan. I have a certificate to
prove it! After our dip into this very
cold body of water, we must first do a vodka blessing to the 4 corners of the
world in order to appease the spirit of Lake Baikal. Then we hike back up the
embankment for a picnic next to the train.
Never in my
wildest dreams did I ever think I would be singing Russian songs, drinking
vodka and having a picnic in Siberia!!! What a day.
... of bridal parties there risking life and limb trying to get spectacular photoes balanced on the wall in ridiculous heels!
We then went for a ride on the Moscow Metro. This metro is the deepest in the world, up to 100 metres in places and the stations are works of art. Many were built in Stalin's time using forced labour but even the new ones they build today are built to make a statement. The escalators were so long you couldn't see the bottom and they are very crowded. We ...
... cold, but remarkably most of the snow has disappeared. We’d noticed this a bit in other cities, but here it seems they don’t just plough and salt the streets. Workers are actually out in force sweeping and shoveling snow and ice from wherever it may lay onto the back of trucks from whence it’s dumped who knows where. So neither the roads, sidewalks nor pedestrian precincts are icy or slushy.
Less than 24 hours later, ...
Very early start. We were at the airport before the check in desk was open. But we achieved a first, the first to be checked in on the plane. Not that was of any particular advantage since most people had checked in on line and we didn't get seats together on the flight to London. Judi and I got good seats together, but Manus and Nuala had to negotiate a swap. Incidentally, as ...
... out of place, a very Polish place. We managed to find a campsite which was basic but had some great views.
The next day we headed to Oswiecim, the former location of a network Nazi concentration and extermination camps, where Birkenau and the more well known Auschwitz camps are now museums. We arrived with out incident and went for a tour, it was three hours with the time split between Auschwitz and Birkenau. Auschwitz was originally a Polish ...