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... piece of cloth, saucer or any other flat or flexible item will keep the water long enough for a cat wash)
- Triangular key (sure, it opens and closes just about everything from doors to panels to water supply but we didn't need to hide anything from the customs guys)
We could have used one of these:
- Russian SIM card with free internet ...
2nd stint on the Transiberian Platz Kart. Left Perm around 9am with a 5 and 1/2 hours journey to Yekaterinburg.
Arrived at Domino's Hostel - staying with in a dorm with a bunch of Russian Army cadets - hard stares, buzz cuts and strictly no English spoken - silence...
Early night. K a little ...
... of course). We gave him an extra 100 rubles tip since what he charged probably can hardly cover the fuel cost of the extra distance he drove.
After that, we had lunch in an Italian restaurant, we ordered some salad, a pizza and some pasta. When the salad arrived, Geoffrey asked for 4 plates, but then the waiter took it as 4 salads. Well, that's fine. At least that was some healthy food. When the pasta arrived, the waiter asked again, "4?" and ...
... but more genuine and chilled.
On our way to hotel ''Chekhov'' I have spotted Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Bentley shops. Also numerous shopping plazas and expensive cars - things I did not expect to see in the middle of Siberia (how ignorant of me).
Next morning we met our tour guide Konstantin who took us to local Siberian Village called Koptelovo, which was established in 1663 by peasant Ivan Koptelov. It lies on the border ...
... a national day, something of day of the military. So we drove for like half an hour and arrived at his grandmother's place. The perfect example of Siberian hospitality! I've had the honor to drink vodka with them and to Russian traditions drinking tomato juice afterwards. Experiences like this are indescribable. They all only spoke Russian so I had a real opportunity to practice my own Russian! We discussed life and checked out family pictures ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking