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After the excesses of Suzdal, Nizhny Novgorod was a beautiful setting to have a couple of days relaxing by the almighty Volga. I spent two days wandering the streets and through the beauitful Kremlin in the sun, stopping off in cafes and bars every so often to read David Walsh's most recent book on Lance Armstrong "Seven Deadly Sins" as I was on the second half and couldn't wait for the comeuppance. Stayed in Smile hostel which I would highly recommend, brand new, curtains ...
Vladimir to Gorki, that's how this city was called until 1990. Today's name is much harder to spell as you can see on the map.
A 240 km long trip, excellent weather, in short a good but long day.
Meet a group of journalist , planing to do basically the same trip as me, only they travel in cars or motorbikes. We ...
... in the festivities, we sat down at a large, modern restaurant for sushi. Not very good. It was then time to figure out what all the buzz was about. I swam through the sea of Russians, catching glimpses of areas set up for various demonstrations and exhibitions. One area was set up for gymnastics, another for weightlifting, and yet another for traditional dancing. There were mats laid out where wrestling and Sambo (Russian mma) tournaments ...
... entrance to what seems like a huge festival. There were multiple stages with politicians and musicians, a gymnastics mat with trampolines, a couple boxing matches, including a Muay Thai match. Eventually we found out that we'd stumbled upon Russia Day, a Fourth of July like day continuing to the weekend celebrating the day Russia broke free from the iron grip of the Soviet Union. Easy night of rest for the long day tomorrow.
... grin. Leo and Alec have a conversation in Russian, clearly I barely understand a word of what is actually said, but I know the conversation nearly word for word. Alec doesn't want to drink, because his wife will get mad if he turns up drunk but Leo just responds with a grin "one won't hurt!" Except we all know it won't be just one, because it never is... So here we are, barely 20mins in to our Trans Mongolian adventure and we are being plied with Vodka! It was almost ...