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After some difficulties in order to get a visa, I could finally travel to Russia. i was told that a taxi is already organized and paid and the driver will wait for me with a "Bosch"-sign. After a long process of immigration and getting the luggage, i was looking for my taxi driver. No "Bosch"-sign. Then I detected a corpulent guy with greasy hair in a jumpsuit, holding a "Holiday Inn"-sign. I asked him if he was my driver, but unfortunately he ...
... on my surfing while the sun shone
Fixed pannier which had taken a bit of beating after a couple of falls with a bit of neat hammer work. These panniers look pretty but need to be a bit stronger for daily abuse.
Fairly easy to beat back into shape so should be ok now.
Then the rain started ...
ANOTHER overnight train trip. You would think I would get better at it, bit I think the more you do it the less adventerous it becomes and you start dreading it a little. But I knew this was the plan, so I'll stop winjing(my new Aussie lingo). Samara is a big city on the Volga River with a nice beach and old crumbly wooden houses mixed in with the new. At first I was entranced by all the crooked houses, ...
... half an hour. But then we saw smoke rising from a collection of mounds. We realized this must be a small society and hurried towards it. We were greeted with friendliness from the villagers who were simple, nomadic peoples. The men went out into the wild to hunt animals while the women stayed back to watch the children and harvest the crops. The villagers practiced Christianity, though not very piously, and they had a small church. They all lived in ...
... large!) hill for the view, magical looking back over the river and down the valley. Lunch was at a local cafe as not a lot open being a Monday. We then walked through the village, most of the places are used for summer houses, many with extensive veggie patches. We did meet some locals who live in the village permanently, their timber home a little worse for wear and their goats a little frisky! Cathy was having a nice chat with one of ...