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Jul 24, 2011 - Svirstroy

July 24th, Sunday, Svirstroy Today we visit Svirstroy, a small village occupied by the Finns during WWII.  The Finns, to my surprise, were allied with Germany during the war, and put many of these people in prison camps during the war.  We had a home visit with a babushka and her family in this village.  There house was of wood construction without running water and they hauled water from a well.  They heated with a wood stove; recall that this is in very northwestern Russia, where they have much snow and temperatures are down in the -30-35...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Petrozavodsk

July 23rd, Saturday, Petrozavodsk This morning we awoke to a light rain in Petrozavodsk, a city of the Karelian Republic, and has a population of about 290,000.  Our program director, Yulia, as well as 2 other directors call this home and is the sister city of Diluth, Minnesota, where all 3 of them came to study English.  This city is on the western shores of Lake Onega and is much different than either Moscow or St Petersburg.  It was founded in 1703 at the behest of Peter the Great who needed a new iron foundry for the production of...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Kizhi Island

July 22, Friday, Kizhi Island We awoke again to bright sun and warm weather.  As usual, we have sailed through the night making much headway.  We are reaching the north part of the Volga-Baltic Waterway, and have come through the Vytegra River, having descended through 5 locks in the early morning hours, and enter the final lock during breakfast, completing a 242 ft drop in about 20 miles.  There is a fair amount of oil tanker traffic through this portion of the waterway, and many piles of birch logs along the sides of the river waiting to...

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Jun 2, 2010 - Irkustk to Vladimir Russia

Wednesday 2nd June 2010 - This evening we leave Irkustk and began our longest of the train journeys - we will be 3 days and 3 nights on the train - no showers - toilets basic and always moving - all part of the adventure – this is now the Trans Siberian - Train No. 1 - sharing carriage No. 10 with Bernadette, Lloyd and Marj. berths 13/14/15/16 - 2 toilets, tv (may/or not work). We thought somehow we were going to be able to have a shower but sadly 'neit' Still trees and more trees, but quite green and main highway to our right - it is 10pm...

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