Babushka Bakes some Buns

Trip Start Apr 05, 2014
Trip End Jun 11, 2014

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Flag of Russian Federation  , Central Russia,
Thursday, April 24, 2014

After brekky, the 14 of us plus Olga piled into a nice little minibus (an 18 seater Merecedes Sprinter for all you Bus Spotters out there) and took a 5 hour bus journey out to a little tourist town called Sudzal, about 200 kms east of Moscow. This town has 33 cathedrals and about 12 000 locals.  The journey out of Moscow took forever as the traffic is quite terrible. Traffic jams everywhere, break downs, and road works.  No more complaining when we're stuck in Sydney traffic.
We were put into two guest houses opposite each other and we scored our own room with an en suite - very nice! The two of us took a stroll around the town and visited the nunnery.  In the church the nuns were singing some beautiful hymns so we listened to them for a while before continuing our walk. At this stage the temperature had dropped down to about 6 degrees with a biting cold wind so we were both rugged up for the elements
We met the rest of the group at 6 pm and we were taken by Olga to a local's house for a bang up dinner. Helen, our Babushka, or grandmother host, was very bubbly and personable but had no English so Olga had to translate. We drank some vodka, toasted friends and family, had cabbage soup, beetroot salad, minced chicken and veges and was shown around her large garden and her sauna in her back shed, a very popular activity in Russia.  We were all invited to participate in kneading some pastry to make dessert.  Had a bit of a laugh and Babushka did some flirting with one of the older married guys on the tour before we tucked into the yummy pastries, fresh from the oven. 
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mum on

at last some blue domes! some beautiful photos of the two of you----I want one to frame..what a lovely homely interlude1

Lizzie on

Yes, love the blue domes, but also love the blue apron Steve's wearing whilst making pastries! :-) All looks so wonderful, I must get to Russia some day, so fascinating. And your photos are amazing!

Sandy on

Hi guys great to wake up and read your blog each morning.. Very entertaining and interesting., love the shots, Sis.
Steve looks right at home in the kitchen, he will need a Thermomix
I have been showing everyone the infamous video and the congrats to you guys are coming thick and fast. I have informed our brothers but you know that they are not very tech savvy so they send their congratulations via
Take care and savour each day.. Miss you and our weekly chats...

madanaki on

Thanks for the comments, girls. Mum, I'll frame you a photo when I get back! Sandy, looking forward to visiting yours again for a thermomix lesson. Lizzie, Russia is beautiful! Keep saving your dollars. Da, da, hum, hum!!

Boo on

Steve you are lucky mandy didn't jump of the bus when in the traffic jams etc!!

Mark on

Hi guys looks like Russia is the place for young love to blossom, like a seedling sprouting from the tundra, oblivious to the permafrost; babushka!!(granny looks like a good sort)

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