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... customs official working the baggage security scanner at Beijing South railway station three weeks later, by which time I'd completely forgotten about it. "Please take it", I said. The knife was removed from the suitcase, photographed with my passport and confiscated. Alighted again at Hanskaia station - a 22min stop. Very cold. Walked onto the footbridge above the tracks for photos. We arrived in Irkutsk in the morning, which overnight had had its first snowfall of the ...
... was bitter and howling.
Katia at the hostel told me that they're having a bit of a cold snap at present and that the weather is forecast to be about 12 degrees warmer at the weekend.
However, in another 2 months it will be -30 so I think I've got off lightly.
An hours tram ride away is the park (30p tram fare).
On the way, it did strike me that everyone (apart from the hostel owner) seems to suffer from ...
... into still had a monument to Lenin. We had also gained an impression that the cities we had visited so far seemed to have a layer of dust everywhere which we put down to it being summer and not much rain had fallen for a while.
The Russian people, by the way, seemed just like people everywhere else (except the language). However, we did notice that we saw very few seriously overweight people, like there are in Australia for example. We also noticed that the women ...
... see the population with windows open. But, Russia has all the coal, gas and oil it needs for the next hundred years so why bother?Which brings us to the matter of perceptions of motive:-Afghanistan... The Russians were invited in to support the elected govt in 1987 to help counter a fundamentalist insurgency. US President Carter voted billions of dollars in aid as a way of fighting the Russians by proxy. 1997 saw the Russians withdraw from their 'Vietnam'. ...
... by a warm and humidity free day under cloudless skies - the best day weatherwise of our tour.
We visited the original centre of the city which, back 290 years ago, made its mark as an industrial centre with rich deposits of iron, copper, gold etc. in the area. The rich industrialists built some magnificent homes for themselves. The Bolsheviks or Soviets, as they call the communists, pulled down (as in blew up) ...