Category Archives: Russian

Hustle and bustle on the Transsibirian Railway

One of the more fascinating things about the transmongolian railway is all the activity on the small railway stations along the route. Here is all business, and you can get the supply you need for your onwards travel. For example fresh fish supplied by the locals. A lovely piece of Russian rural culture.

-Ray

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My dog has no nose…. How does it smell? Awful ….

The title is a joke from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and of some reson I started thinking about it. When I traveled with the transsibirian railway this summer, I did it with Gadventures, an adventure  company that I have become quite acquainted with. When visiting Moscow , our local guide showed us one of Moscow’s secret rites.  At one of the subway stations there is a bronze statue of a dog, and you should touch it for good luck. So that is what we did…. When in Rome… You do as romans do…. An by the way… Embrace the bizarre  is one of the slogans  of Gadventures.

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-Ray

Ekaterinburg, Europe meets Asia

When I took the Transmongolian Railway this summer,  I got to see a lot of very special sights. One of the many cool sights was that we on rail went from Europe and long into Siberia (that is the Asian part of Russia), and beyond. The meeting place of this is Ekaterinburg (many ways of writing that), and was one of the longer scheduled stops on the way. We got to leave the train, stretch our legs , and look around. Here are a few images from the place.

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The station itself was quite impressive in old fashioned style.

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And a lot of people preparing for boarding the train for the onwards journey.

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One of many very nice and fascinating stops on the transmongolian railway

-Ray

 

Beautiful Lake Baikal and Listvyanka

I have spent the day today exploring Lake Baikal and Listvyanka, and there are such great places.

The town of Listvyanka is located around the lake, and have a tourist focus.

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Lots of activity going around, maybe the most busy part is the market where the barbecue runs high, smoking different meats and fish. Mostly collected locally.

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And the boats are going all the time, and the harbour is full of them.  Some are fishing, and some are catering to tourists that wants to get the know the famous lake a little closer.

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So of course I had to do the same and get a look of the city and the spectacular surroundings from the lake itself.

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As a little after note, I can mention that I am currently in my hotel in Listvyanka writing this since I will not have Internet untill I reach Mongolia in a couple of more days on the train. But the town will not let you go easily, 50 metres from my hotel window there is a wedding party, and oh boy, can these Siberians party. So I guess . I will have more time to write about my trip so far, and edit some more of my images.

-Ray