Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg
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... in Asian Russia. Our soldier companion, Vlad, was alighting at Krasnyorsk, but before we arrived he came to our compartment and gave me a sheath knife, double edged and very weapon-like in its army green sheath. I protested and tried to say that it would not be allowed into Australia but he insisted, put it on our table and left, saying 'souvenirid' - unexpected generosity and friendliness. As he got off we shook hands and wished him well. The knife, however was spotted by ...
The hostel administrator arrived shortly before 9am, kitted out in full winter clothes.
Full length coat, fur boots, gloves, scarf and fur hat.
That must mean only one thing.......it ain't warm outside !
Not to be deterred, and on her recommendation, I'm off to Kamenni Park, a nature reserve on the outskirts of town.
So kitted out in my 7 layers, off I went.
It was freezing. I think it was the fact that ...
... was the metal sculpture on the outskirts of Lightning Ridge shaped to look like an Emu. What had caught his eye was that the body of the emu is an old Volkswagen Beetle and as he is an engineer with Volkswagen he was quite amused by it. We also looked at some family photos before declaring we came to Russia to see Russia so back to looking out the window.
Again one of the overriding impressions of Russia is the abundance of the same looking tenement buildings when you ...
... piece of cloth, saucer or any other flat or flexible item will keep the water long enough for a cat wash)
- Triangular key (sure, it opens and closes just about everything from doors to panels to water supply but we didn't need to hide anything from the customs guys)
We could have used one of these:
- Russian SIM card with free internet ...
... and guide waits for us at the airport and brings us to the former KGB apartment were we will stay. This is a small but very convenient and conveniently located apartment. The whole town
gives a very modern feel. We were proudly told that this is the first European
city, coming from the Eastern side. Now we realise that you always think from your own perspective. Coming from the lower countries at the Western side ...