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Aug 9, 2011 - Krasnoyarsk

Despite the hype of Krasnoyarsk being one of the most agreeable places to break up a Trans Siberian journey, I had my misgivings from the moment we arrived. Was it that we couldn't find the right trolley bus to ride the 45 minutes to the only hostel in town? Or that the rain, mingled with the pigeon poo that is the hallmark of every Russian city, had created a sludge that caked my shoes and was slowly making it's way up the leg of my pants? Either way I was not seeing this place as either vibrant or youthful! After an icy cold shower at the...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Yekaterinburg

Todays stop of note was Yekaterinburg,the city was founded in 1723 and named after Saint Catherine, the namesake of Tsar Peter the Great's wife Empress Catherine I (Yekaterina). The official date of the city's foundation is 18 November 1723. Soon after the Russian Revolution, on 17 July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their children Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei were murdered by the Bolsheviks at the Ipatiev House in this city. In 1977 the Ipatiev House was demolished by order of...

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Jan 18, 2008 - Красноярск (Krasnoyarsk)

Krasnoyarsk is another university city, very lively in comparison (to Gorky especially, no we shall no forget it, cause that's how much it sucked). The streets were lighted with colourfull lights every night, and there were speakers attached to lamposts on the main streets, where lounge music could be fainlty heard. Apparently the city was celebrating it's commencement (1628 or something) And there were many many ice statues and ice playgrounds and ice castles advertising this (I like the ice playgrounds, and Marijn does too, revert to the...

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Trip Journal

Trans-Siberian/ Asia

May 30, 2005 - Heading to Moscow--Trans-Siberian Day One

Ellen: Holy cow it's a small little compartment! But first, here's how this tiny compartment is a total score! The lady we were referred to by a referral of a referral totally hooked us up. First she told us the prices of first class cars (2 berth compartments) and second class cars (4 berth compartments). She waited a while for us to discuss, but when it became apparent that we just couldn't convince ourselves to spend the money on first ($388 per person) she said she had something special. The compartment usually used by the provodnitsas...

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May 4, 2005 - Who says Russia's all about bad service? Krasnoyarsk

I'm in one of Krasnoyarsk's super-modern new entertainment complexes. It's all glass and chrome intersecting at futuristic angles. The computerized cash-registers are spitting out cinema tickets. Juvenile couples sit canoodling in corners. Kids are comparing dial tones on their new mobile phones. It could be almost anywhere in the west. And that's rather uplifting considering the poverty and dejected hopelessness in the region's more rural areas, or the niggling seediness of Irkutsk. Krasnoyarsk is a go-ahead city with a business-like air...

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May 1, 2005 - Krasnoyarsk for Orthodox Easter

This year by rare co-incidence Orthodox Easter fell on May 1st. Traditionally that's the Workers' Day Festival with all its Communist party marches. Although Communism is out of fashion and cunningly ignored by the press, the faithful still March through town in sizeable numbers with their red banners. But with Christianity undergoing a great revival, the churches will also be drawing the crowds. Researching on such a double holiday wouldn't be ideal with so much closed. So I treated myself to a day off and accepted the hospitality of a...

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