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... citizens of Khabarovsk like to cross the border (which they can do without a visa) for the cheap shopping and food on the Chinese side.
During the time of Stalin, Khabarovsk was the site of a huge transit camp for exiles and political prisoners being shipped off to the gulags in the interior of Siberia. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was one of the more prominent dissidents to have passed this way on his way to the labour camp in ...
... after the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5, threatened to cut off the vital port of Vladivostok off from the rest of Russia. Prior to this, the line to Vladivostok ran through Manchuria.
Can't say that I'm doing terribly much during the day. I watch the country go by. I read, I eat. I nap. I think.
Just before dinner I had a young Russian couple, Roman and Natasha, join me in my cabin. They seemed quite nice ...
... doing for a while. The fields around the main road and railway are flooded, and when I went for a wander and, later, a run, I found the roads by the river were waterlogged. There were sandbags to protect businesses, though I think they had been out down after the water and then they'd pumped out the water, rather than stopping it before it got there. I was hungry, so hit the supermarket, superbly positioned just over the road from the ...
... of a German Autobahn stop! We managed to find somewhere that sold us some bread and we pulled into a petrol stop to make some sandwiches, but we discovered that the butter was set solid, even the peanut butter could be classified as frozen! But we managed a couple of sandwiches and boiled the kettle to make a hot drink, which we ate and drank whilst sitting in the car. Russians are not big on picnic areas!
After lunch, we were back on the ...
... border. This city is an industrial center, that produces industrial and consumer products.
Restaurant: Bermudyi is a little cafe, that has traditional Khabarovsk dishes, such as pel'meny which is a traditional and delicious mushroom broth. This cafe is found on Muraviev-Amursky Street. There I met Diana, who was a waitress. I asked her what there was to do around here and she highly recommended the boat tours around Lake Amur, unfortunately I ...
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