Author Archives: Ian

Leaving Russia

Escape from Russia Collectively the Russian people were glad to see our dynamic duo depart. Many people had gathered at Vladivostok airport to witness the occasion. It did not occur to them that the people may have been there for … Continue reading

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Khabarovsk etc

In the shadow of Graf Nikolai Murav’yov-Amurckiy In Khabarovsk, the main street is called Ulitsa Muravyova-Amurskogo. It changes name to Karla Marxa at Lenin Square, and of course, there is a Lenin Street.There is a statue of Muravyov-Amurskiy in the … Continue reading

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Contrasts

Khabarovsk – contrasts When Boris and Timofei arrived from Irkutsk, it was the middle of the night, but with 6:00 AM on the clock. The taxi driver had relieved 2000 rubles from them for 600 ruble trip. Mafia taxis! They … Continue reading

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Baikal ozero – “nature lake”

I believe we had a rare opportunity to visit Lake Baikal. It should be ranked as a Wonder. Well, with 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water, with its natural beauty, with difficult to access, and with few people other than Russians and Koreans, it … Continue reading

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The cockatoo said nothing

An encounter at the Zoopark It is interesting how in the Russian language the word, zoopark, is pronounced.   They voice both o vowels individually with emphasis on the first. So it is pronounced “z-oh-ah-park”.   When Boris met the … Continue reading

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Anthropology will never be the same again

Anthropologists??? Boris and Timofei will pretend to be anything.  Now they are studying the eskimos.  Not being politically correct they wouldn’t know a Ket from a Yakut, let alone an Entsa.  They studied the exhibits in the Krasnoyarsk Krai Regional … Continue reading

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The spy story begins

The great spy novel: The Least Wanted Men. Boris:   Timofei, I know we are close to FSB Headquarters, but do you think they have installed a camera here or is it a funny looking rivet in a cement wall. … Continue reading

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Arriving in Krasnoyarsk

  Boris caught with an old friend today. He had arrived in Krasnoyarsk and had to introduce Timofei to his acquaintances. This fellow resides on the corner of Lomonsova and Dekabristov and has been there for some time. Boris claimed … Continue reading

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33 hours from the Urals to Siberia

What do you see out the window of the train? Trees, trees, trees, trees, a field and an occasional village. Now the view has changed to grass lands, and sometimes there is delight in seeing a cow. Welcome to Siberia, … Continue reading

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Perm to Yekat

The cafe at Perm 2 vokzal is basic. If you want tea, water is poured into a glass with a teabag. If you want coffee water is poured into a glass with a mystery beige powder. Timofei is still getting … Continue reading

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Chinese adventurers

Chinese adventurers going from Guangzhou to Paris. As we stepped out of the hotel, we headed down a narrow street towards a green glass building.  At that point we saw five new Chinese cars with distinctive registration plates.  (Later we … Continue reading

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Kungur adventure

Krasnov Travel – a good tour We were met at our hotel in Perm by Mikhail (but introduced himself as Michael) and Valentina (who introduced herself as Tina). We were driven in a comfortable SUV (Mitsubishi Pajero) from Perm to … Continue reading

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Night train from Pskov to Moscow

At Pskov Passenger Vokzal, our heroes waited with the sad crowd in the sitting hall for the train. As there was only one train at that time (the next from St Petersburg to Riga was at midnight) it was safe … Continue reading

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Sapsan – Moscow to St Petersburg

Comrades!Be alert. It has been reported Boris and Timofei have been seen in the vicinity of Leningradsky Vokzal.These photos were taken on platform 7 adjacent to the Sapsan train 758 destined for St Petersburg. It is further reported that our … Continue reading

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Borodino

Date: 4 Sep 2014Moscow, Thursday: Borodino PanoramaThe Battle of Borodino, 7 September 1812, was perhaps second only in importance to Waterloo during the Napoleonic War. As many as 80,000 in total lost their lives in a single day at Borodino, … Continue reading

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Park Pobedy in Moscow.

The Great Patriotic War – Великая Отечественная Война Sometime things are too serious for Boris and Timofei to be seen or with which to be related. Tim and Ian went to the war memorial in Moscow – Park Pobedy – … Continue reading

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Moscow Metro

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As dawn broke over Moscow on this autumn day, young people scurried about, wrapped against a slight chill, going to work, going home, jumping onto crowded trams, marching to the beat of the city. Traffic snarled, trams clanked a blacksmith’s … Continue reading

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Dachau – never again!

DACHAU, 4 September 2010. There is a memorial within the site that says: NEVER AGAIN. Neither Viktor nor Boris nor Hobson went to Dachau. This story is too important to be taken lightly. When I arrived in Munich we had … Continue reading

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