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Jan 13, 2008 - Тоболск

We arrived at the Toboslk train station in the early evening, when all the vendor ladies on the platforms were at their savagest. We were pushed and yelled at and had rotting fish shoved under our noses. Once we managed to get passed this onslaught and into the actual station, packs of Russian women would glare us up and down, as if they we'd stept into their sacred territory and were prepared to chase us out, hatchets and sickles in hand. The actual city was much more appealing, a tiny decaying center with a scenic Kremlin perched ontop of...

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Trans-Siberian/ Asia

May 20, 2005 - TransSiberian, Irkutsk to Mockba

Well got on da train at 1620, due to get off in 4 days time in Europe, crossing a third of the world on train will be complete. Met Tess n Marg, mum n daughter from Melbourne, ozzies, pretty cool ones at that :) I was over the moon not to have my nightmare scenario of me n three big drunk russian guys in the carraige! We were happy to see that we had an empty berth in the carriage, but 2 stops later a guy in a russian army uniform gets on. I was happy tho get to start practicing all that Russian I been learning in the train up to Irkutsk....

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Kirsty RTW '04/'05

May 12, 2005 - The Millionaires - How much do you earn?

When one meets Central Asians or Caucasians one will almost inevitably face a rapid-fire barrage of well intentioned but somewhat persistent questions: Where are you from, Married? How many kids? NO KIDS? Why Not?!!! Russians are generally much more reserved. On trains or in bars one can often sense a niggling inquisitiveness from one's neighbours, but as in Europe, it will often take an hour or three (or a good excuse) before one's Russian neighbour plucks up the courage to politely enquire. 'So, you're not from these parts are you?' is a...

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May 10, 2005 - Tobolsk & Abalak

I adore Tobolsk. It's the only town in Siberia with a real Kremlin. Its old town, replete with a half a dozen fabulous if mostly derelict old churches, is sinking into the swampy river flood plain which is sad for the residents but great for photographers. And the people, many of them Tatar, are warm and hospitable. On my 2002 visit to Siberia, Tobolsk and nearby Abalak had been my first stop. My guide had been a producer for the local Radio Ekspress and in return for her translations I'd recorded a few radio jingles. To my amusement these...

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