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ANOTHER overnight train trip. You would think I would get better at it, bit I think the more you do it the less adventerous it becomes and you start dreading it a little. But I knew this was the plan, so I'll stop winjing(my new Aussie lingo). Samara is a big city on the Volga River with a nice beach and old crumbly wooden houses mixed in with the new. At first I was entranced by all the crooked houses, ...
... half an hour. But then we saw smoke rising from a collection of mounds. We realized this must be a small society and hurried towards it. We were greeted with friendliness from the villagers who were simple, nomadic peoples. The men went out into the wild to hunt animals while the women stayed back to watch the children and harvest the crops. The villagers practiced Christianity, though not very piously, and they had a small church. They all lived in ...
... goats and he was behaving nicely to start with however thats when things started to get out of control! The goat was locked behind the gate, enough said! Lovely to see how the locals live and we came away with plenty of apples to enjoy. Our next stop at a local museum which was beautifully kept and the staff clearly passionate about maintaining it. The original house was used by the painter Rarepin, he stayed at the house to do his ...
I think I have pretty much covered off on the train journey from Aralsk to Samara in my previous posts....meeting the locals, drinking beer in the dining cart, breaking down the language barriers etc. We arrive in Samara late in the evening and make our way to our lovely hotel. Very comfortable, clean and most importantly a great shower! Known from 1935 ...
... tonight is a shipping facility. The landscape today shifted from endless corn and sunflower fields to more rolling hills and birch/pine forests. The city of Samara is much like the rest of the Russian cities we've seen with endless apartment buildings, tons of power lines and monuments all over. Anthon, Kurt, Steve Smith and Matt took a streetcar downtown to explore tonight and saw the monument to Samara's involvement in ...