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Sep 11, 2017 - Kungur to Perm

Departed Kungur on a mini bus with a slight detour from our official itinerary to visit the Perm 36 Gulag Camp. Perm was known as the Gateway to the Gulags. A gulag was a forced labour camp with terrible conditions in the Siberian winter. This particular camp only every had 500 prisoners at a time although it was built for a capacity of 1000. It has been used on three different occasions since the Russian Revolution, the most recent and horrible from 1972 to 1988, when political prisoners were sent there. Previously it had only been used as...

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Beijing to Berlin

Sep 10, 2017 - Tyumen to Kungur

Finally got off the train at 1000hrs in Kungur, just a small station where not many tourists visit (population 60 000). We went straight to the hotel and had hot showers – a welcome relief after 3 nights on the train. In the afternoon we went on a 1.5hr walking tour with a local guide. Unfortunately it rained all afternoon and the temperature only reached about 8 degrees, which made it a bit miserable After our walk, we caught taxis to the Kungur Ice Caves, which were a balmy -2 degrees. We took a guided tour through the ice caves. Some...

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Beijing to Berlin

Jul 3, 2011 - Trans-Siberian

Our train was delayed until this morning. I was refreshed after a great nights sleep and had enough time to faff around and get organised. I had a lovely breakfast, of yes, you guessed it, omelette and pancakes, before catching up with the fam on viber. LOVE viber. An iphone app that enables free phone calls. Meeting in the looby at 11 we walked 15 minutes to the station, a hard slog with 16kgs on my back and 30 degrees in the shade. A short 3 stop train ride then a 10 minute walk to the next station. Half of us dumped our bags and went off...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Perm

Though we really loved the train with plenty of relaxation, meeting strange strangers and getting merry it was great to arrive in Perm. Here we had a few days with familiar faces whilst visiting Hamish and Hannah Louise who have been working for a charity helping street kids in this city for the past three years. Many bliny (pancakes) many ridiculous wedding parties congregating for photos in the same areas (with hummer limos) and many vodkas. We also had the chance to visit the surrounding countryside (Ural mountains) staying in one of...

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Kiwi Commute

Sep 17, 2004 - Yekaterinburg

We have been to St. Petersburg, Moscow, and now Yekaterinburg...so far we have enjoyed great sights, seen fabulous architecture, and met many helpful and friendly Russians...The older members of the group have suffered from colds which have dogged us off and on since our arrival. The younger set have been free of any health concerns...Our most enjoyable day, to me, day before yesterday(15th) when we went to a small village 2 hrs from here and spent the day seeing how communal village people live now and in the past...around 1600 up until...

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