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Jun 2, 2011 - Stalin's Secret City

From Khabarovsk, the plan was to head north down the Amur River 6hrs by boat to the purpose-built Soviet city of Komsomolsk-na-Amure, then continue west by train for 37hrs to Tynda before heading due north for another 22hrs by train and car to Yakutsk, the capital of the Yakutia (Sakha) Republic, up above the 60th parallel. This itinerary would be grueling for anybody; for dad and his bad hips and shoulder, it was a non-starter. The last stretch to Yakutsk – 15hrs in a bumpy jeep over a rough road - is what finally killed the deal. A flight...

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Far East Chronicles

Aug 30, 2008 - Desde el tren, parada en Khabarovsk

La principal razón de esta nota es que mi mapa quede chévere, que mi ruta en éste sea muy cercana a lo real, es decir, establezco en este sistema una parada (que de hecho ocurrió y fue de media hora) en Khabarovsk, que aparentemente es una ciudad atractiva, con la idea de que no aparezca una línea en mi mapa demasiado indicativa de que atravesé parte de China, cosa que no ocurrió aunque por cientos de kilómetros estuvimos a menos de 10 km de China. Aprovecho además esta nota 'en el tren' para señalar que no puedo recomendar hacer el...

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Aug 20, 2008 - Khabarovsk

Dear Friends, After 54 short hours of getting my a$$ kicked by Kara in gin (the card game), we made it to the Far East. Technically, we are no longer in Siberia. The Far East isn't so different from the rest of Russia, however the Amur (i.e., Siberian) Tigers roaming the streets of the city give it a surprisingly different look. The train ride was very pleasant and felt surprisingly fast (except for the hour long stop yesterday in the middle of nowhere for no particular reason. We suspect that our locomotive broke down). We left Ulan-Ude at...

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Jul 22, 2008 - Life on the Trans-Siberian Railway

DAY 7-9: Trans-Siberian Railway - Part I We thought we would take a special journal entry to tell you about the first leg of our train trip across Siberia ... but first: If you are ever in Vladivostok, you must go to "Pizza M" before you board the train! We decided to do this, just to have some comfort food before the unknown journey began. Our friend Susan came along with us, and we enjoyed really good service (quick and accomodating), english! menus, tasty food, great atmosphere. Highly recommended. So we made our way to the train station...

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Jul 21, 2005 - The Train: Night 1

Sorry I have to make all of the days on the train different entries. But it won't let me map out the train route any other way. My train left Vladivostok at 8pm, so there isn't much to report about day one! My ticket was for a 4 person room (if you can call it that), but I only had one bunk mate, so that was nice. My bunk mate was a tall skinny guy about 18, and very quiet. When he first arrived, he was with his parents, and I thought they would all be my bunk mates. His mother looked relieved to see me and she looked nice, so I was all...

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Jun 17, 2005 - Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Medal Winner: Bam's Best Town

MOUSTACHE TICKER... A warm walk down October Prospect in Komsomolsk-na-Amure brings us 11 of 100 men with moustaches (11%)... Though I suspect we suffered from at least two recent-shaves due to the warm weather, I'll keep with 11% in our data... A dozen hours north on the Amur River, the grim Nikolaevsk-na-Amur featured 7 of 50 (14%)... Too bad we didn't go with Irinas vs Olegs... This place is an Irinathon... WOODY ALLEN'S brother Ivan in the GREAT 'War & Peace' spoof 'Love & Death' is giddy over the news that war has broken out against...

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Aug 18, 1976 - Khabarovsk to Irkutsk (Trans-Siberian train)

After a good night's sleep we were taken to the restaurant for breakfast, then a drive around the city and to the airport. We were back at the restaurant for an early lunch and then taken to the train station. We shared a cabin again with Doug and Debbie. The cabins are very comfortable, though rather small, but the washrooms are grotty. Will be glad to get to a nice shower. Meals are usually pretty good and though they are not big meals, I feel myself getting fat as we're not getting any exercise except for a short walk at the stations...

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Sue's first OE

Aug 17, 1976 - Khabarovsk

Slept quite well despite stops and starts during the night. Lovely scenery on the way, very green and peaceful. We arrived in Khabarovsk about 11am and were taken to our hotel, where we washed and sorted ourselves oout before being taken to another hotel for lunch. Then we were taken on a sight-seeing tour of Khabarovsk, which included the Amur River and the Museum. A very ordinary town, but lots of trees everywhere which is nice. Back to our hotel then to another hotel for dinner. A group of us walked back; Ian went with Martin and Ron,...

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Sue's first OE



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