Frozen Tundra

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, January 16, 2006

On the train to Yekaterinburg there wasn't much to see outside. We were rolling passed snow covered trees, rivers, the occasional farm house with the tundra plain as far as the eye could see. Ice had formed all around our window as the condensation froze on the inside. Kicking back we read some books and played the card game Uno with some of the little kids in our neighboring cabin. It really is a universal game as they spoke no English. One little boy was only 4 but managed to beat us 6 out of 10 games.

At Ilanskaya station Rick risked taking some photos of an old train. We'd read a few stories about the police at Ilanskaya. Evidently if you take photos there they believe you are a spion (spy) and detain you until you sign protocols (admissions of guilt), before being escorted out of the town. With this in mind we are always on the lookout for any local police, avoiding them wherever possible as we understand they detain tourists, until a bribe is paid.
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