Hilton Garden Inn Perm
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... for tomorrow's probably lonely 240 km stretch.
By the way, the scenery of flat stretches has changed very much to up and down.
This must be the " Pre Ural" hills, which I will cross after leaving Yekaterinburg.
This hills won't be much higher then a 1000m, for a "Swiss boy" like me, who is trained as a proven Alp climber, probably not much harder then crossing the hills in the "Emmental".
Who knows, could be wrong, anyway find out ...
... up squeezed on a bench but still managed to sleep the entire two hour train ride. Upon returning to Perm all four of us decided to eat at the restaurant next door to the hostel. Good times.
Travel day to Ekaterinburg, our train left around noon. This time we'd be taking the nice train, the Firmenniy. We opted for 3rd class, the same as from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. The 6 hour ride was pleasant, I let the rails lull me to sleep and sleep I did, about 5 out of 6 ...
... need the money. Indeed Russia is not cheap. A coffee is the same price as downtown Amsterdam at least, it might even be London or Paris! Although we had no hot water - there is already a technical problem in the whole block for some months - the ladies pamper us: tea, cookies in the evening and a splendid breakfast the next morning.
We go off to the Kungur Ice Caves. The ride is long and it is clear that we did not plan this well as we realise ...
... best here to describe a typical Russian city of this size. To start with there seems to be nothing in the way of town planning unless it is very modern then some semblance of order may, just may, be found. Industry and residential blocks sit side by side. A typical street, may or may not have bitumen, if it does have bitumen then it may have kerbing, that kerbing can be from negligible to 60cm high. There may or may not be a footpath, most probably the ...
... and bars. The wooden buildings are weathered and more than a few are dilapidated. These people don't have cars and chop wood as far as I could see. Bursting through the hotch-potch of wooden properties and utilitarian concrete blocks there is the odd Russian Orthodox Church with shiny golden onion domes and brightly coloured green, sky blue or white colours and patterns - complete contrast to their immediate surroundings. Bit un-nerving at times as there were ...