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... into a courtyard.
Wandering into an alley feels overwhelmingly intrusive, like stepping through an open door into a stranger's front room. The alleys are private space. You see locals, maybe wearing the garb of a smart office worker with briefcase, or freshly-pressed school uniform or just loose cotton old style Chinese trousers and smock, go into an alley... they turn, left or right, and disappear.
Where a courtyard is being demolished for rebuilding ...
We have a great landlady who knows what I like. Yesterday she started us up with pancakes, and today with omelette. She also speaks excellent Russian. And because of that, my Russian vocabulary has doubled again. The Russian word for "good" is: 'horror show.' That's all I can make out of it, and everybody understands it perfectly. - How are you? - Horror show! Which suddenly reminds me how Henry did not know what face to make every morning in ...
... this people play their game.
It is as it is, you want to find and you find!
Instead of sightseeing, I found them, the chess players quite in the centre of the town, along the lake sitting on banks and on the grounds, playing their games.
It did not take long for me to get involved too, they actually wanted to play ...
... of Russian. John from New Zealand then appeared around the corner and we assumed she had been telling us a fellow traveller had arrived. She carried on rambling though before rushing off again and coming back with a bespectacled middle-aged man who apologised profusely for his English and then proceeded to give us a guided tour of the museum's two exhibitions. These were focused on two local photographers who had taken a series of shots showing life in ...
... was shot down in Russia while doing aerial surveillance during the Cold War. After leaving we started our journey back to the hostel. Along the way we stopped at various places for photos including the old canal which has been turned into a beautiful park area. Soon we were prepping for our future train ride, which left disturbingly early, 4am. Not much sleep as there would be no point.
No waking sleep ...