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Aug 4, 2008 - ABAKAN

Day 22 - Abakan, Khakassia ... again! We arrived yesterday on our mini-bus, were turned away at a full hotel once again, but easily made our way to the Khakassia Hotel. While there is no hot water, the price is really good, the staff extremely helpful, and our Russian communication is getting better! Last night we enjoyed walking around the finely manicured and tree lined streets, browsing through a supermarket where we can actually PICK ITEMS UP OURSELVES (like at home!), and sitting on a nice patio at a cafe that serves Japanese-style...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Touchdown in Abakan

Day 19 - Transfer to Tuva After leaving Taishet yesterday, we got some brief glimpses into life along this section of railway. Lots of trees ... rivers ... Siberian buildings ... people selling berries out of buckets on the platform. We have really left the beaten path on this journey - gone are the elaborate Vogzals of the mainline railway. Many of the stops along the way have been at empty platforms with only a sign to indicate where we are. We certainly seem to be the only English speakers on board. This is definitely a train for locals,...

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Apr 14, 2005 - Minusinsk Museum

An army of older middle-aged ladies basically run Russia at many levels. They glower aggressively at you in train station ticket offices as if to prevent you asking a question even at booths marked 'information'. In hotels or museums they'll ask you with post-modernist illogic 'What Do you Want' as though a bed or an entry ticket were but two of a myriad possible options. Behind these frosty facades, however, many of these women are soft hearted dears who are simply going through the daily grind in an aggressive self-defence mode....

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