Trip Start May 24, 2006
41Trip End Aug 21, 2006
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The people also seem very curious and friendly to meet outsiders. My first evening I had a beer at a beach promenade on the Amur river
My second day I rode a street car out to the military aircraft factory. The tram travelled along this broad boulevard passing run-down concrete block buildings, un-paved roads, and wooden dachas that more closely resembled slums in my opinion, though every 100m or so there were large propaganda posters on street lamps showing modern high-tech aircraft, sculptures of workers, and seemingly futuristic looking buildings: a far cry from the current situation! Though I wasn't able to get past the main entrance of the factory it was still cool to watch people coming in and out of the complex through numerous specifically assigned different entrances with somber expressions on their faces undoubtedly hoping for better times to come (or a return to the old times), since the factory was undoubtedly taking a tremendous hit from the drying up of military investment after the fall of communism.
My third day I headed out to an village of indigenous Nahni people. They people were so friendly taking me on a tour of their school, a small museum, cultural center and one of their homes. They seemed so shocked to see a westerner and even wanted to take a picture of me so that they could have it as a memoir that someone from the US had visited their. I later discovered that the last time the remembered seeing a westerner was when a German person visited there several years ago. My guide then cooked this fantastic fish lunch for me on the banks of the Amur river. MMMMM!