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... us back to the entrance. 45 minutes or an hour later and I was back on my walk to the main road before another long bus. Why the Russians weren't a bit more inquisitive I don't know but aside from the museum and barbed wire around the perimeter, we might have just as easily been visiting a summer camp out of season as one of the harshest Siberian prisons during the soviet regime.
(Having looked this up afterwards, the museum was apparently closed ...
... up squeezed on a bench but still managed to sleep the entire two hour train ride. Upon returning to Perm all four of us decided to eat at the restaurant next door to the hostel. Good times.
Travel day to Ekaterinburg, our train left around noon. This time we'd be taking the nice train, the Firmenniy. We opted for 3rd class, the same as from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. The 6 hour ride was pleasant, I let the rails lull me to sleep and sleep I did, about 5 out of 6 ...
... need the money. Indeed Russia is not cheap. A coffee is the same price as downtown Amsterdam at least, it might even be London or Paris! Although we had no hot water - there is already a technical problem in the whole block for some months - the ladies pamper us: tea, cookies in the evening and a splendid breakfast the next morning.
We go off to the Kungur Ice Caves. The ride is long and it is clear that we did not plan this well as we realise ...
... best here to describe a typical Russian city of this size. To start with there seems to be nothing in the way of town planning unless it is very modern then some semblance of order may, just may, be found. Industry and residential blocks sit side by side. A typical street, may or may not have bitumen, if it does have bitumen then it may have kerbing, that kerbing can be from negligible to 60cm high. There may or may not be a footpath, most probably the ...
... There are 3 English women in the next two cabins to me (Vicky, Linda and Susan doing this as a holiday) and about a dozen or so young Scandinavians in 2nd class further down the train. Other than that the train seems pretty deserted. Our 14 carriages are not needed for so few and we trundle along at an average of 40 mph...!
The train is of course lovely and warm and cosy but outside is a picture of frozen wilderness. ...