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On the way there we stopped at 2 different monuments that mark the geographical boundary between Europe and Asia (we're technically in Asia now!).
A highlight of our stay in Yekat was meeting a guy called Nikita from Moscow who was also staying at our hostel. The three of us went for a few beers and met some of the local people, most of whom seem to love the Beatles so being from Liverpool was a big help.
Next stop into Siberia!
... with the rest of the walking tour. Did a bit of shopping for our next two nights aboard the train and revisited the same restaurant as last night (i.e. very good and affordable) then back to the hostel to collect our luggage then trudge to the nearest Metro station to get us back to the railway station.
Got there in plenty of time, found our 4 berth cabin and waited to see who our next travelling companions would be. Amazingly, they ...
... of bullets destroyed the wall behind them. After the firing stopped, the guards were amazed to find the daughters still alive. The girls had sewn jewellery into their clothes with deflected the bullets. The guards then bayoneted them and shot them in the head at point blank range. The bodies were then taken to Gamina Yama, a disused mine 16km from the town, where they were dismembered, burnt and put in acid before being dumped in the mine and covered over.
The bodies were ...
... not an understatement, of course we weren't expecting the ritz but the standard is not as good as the trains we have been travelling on across Europe. The loos have this motorbike type peddle which you need to kick to 'flush' this then opens the pipe to expose the train tracks below.....need i say more!!! Lauren hope weather get better for V luv and hope Matthew is having good time and gets home safe. Lauren you would love the cleanliness of this ...
... play. One aspect that was really amusing was that young Russian men would bedeck their cars with slogans such as “Go to Berlin” (in Russian, of course) and they would drive up and down the streets with full-size flags flying from their car (USSR flag, Victory flag, Russian flag) and some cars even had fake tank turrets with pretend guns mounted on the roof. These cars would drive one way with horns blaring and then 10 minutes later, they would come back ...