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... not happen, in Russia, THIS HAPPENS". If you can imagine a strong Russian woman who gains that certain "flamboyance" you might develop from years amongst Italians, you can probably start to picture the sight unfolding before us.
It was pretty funny.
So after an interesting chat with the Russian Italian lady, during which she insisted on taking our mobile numbers and showing us around Listvyanka, (our next stop) we left to see Irkutsk. It's a ...
... s Homestead and met Nikita.
He is one heck of a funny guy.
He was telling jokes to these Spanish people who were gob smacked.
Then he started on me, asking me if I came from Piccadilly Circus.
He is also a very clever guy, gets people on his side straight away.
That's why he is attributed with solely bringing tourism to the Island and making it accessible.
It's actually very sparsely populated so tourism must be a lifeline for the ...
... but jolly hard work. Not that we are looking for pity, certainly not, but many think we are just swanning around amusing ourselves. Fair comment but we are also filling up with memories that we can draw upon in the years of our dotage. That being said, as our brains lose cells we will eventually forget it all but our contention is that the more you have to forget the longer it will take. There then; not just arseing about on trains, planes and automobiles but making ...
... palatial; from the ruby crystal chandelier in the lobby to the view of the Kremlin from our room, we truly enjoyed our stay at the Kempinski (and also at The Grand Europe in St. Petersburg). On the other hand, I was never really comfortable; I had the feeling that most Russians, with the exception of guides and others in the tourist industry who are paid to be polite and helpful, don't much like Americans. Perhaps with more "glasnost', this will ...
And so we arrived: 21:35, platform 4, Moscow Yaroslavsky station to catch the Trans-Siberian, perhaps the most famous train journey in the world.....and we were so excited. We kind-of felt that this was the proper start of our adventure, all the cities we had visited to date had been a bonus but getting the Trans-Siberian, across Russia? Wow!
The railway line was completed in 1886 by Tsar Alexander III and is a true feat of ...