What a brilliant day it has been today. Up at 6am and down stairs for breakfast and then we were collected by Linda at 7:10 but still kept looking for Chas who was at our hotel and heading back to … Continue reading
Returned to the hotel and got organized for the flight tonight, had another walk mid afternoon and returned after a light dinner, booked out and headed to the airport. We noticed that all toilets in Beijing have gents on the … Continue reading
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No cyclist is safe. Timofei has retired from the secret agent business and has become a cycling enthusiast, whether it be motorized or requiring physcial effort. He has built up a stock of photos of all manner of transport resembling … Continue reading
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
Interesting observations as we leave Vladivostok and Russia. Before we arrived we were aware of the news of an unsafe Russia, but; seen no car accidents at all, seen no punch ups not felt intimidated as we walked through groups … Continue reading
We returned to the hotel and got organized for the flight tonight and had another walk mid afternoon and returned after a light dinner, booked out and headed to the airport. Met up with a late 20s Chinese breast cancer … Continue reading
Vladivostok Boris and Timofei have discovered the Far-East of Russia. However, their incompetence continues to amaze the combined intelligence agencies. They were tasked to observe and report on maritime activities. In the first instance their photo of the Pacific Ocean … Continue reading
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Relatively quiet day today, headed off from here and went and spent a few hours in the Regional Museum which covered many of the local animals and history of local people – poets, political party members, heroes of the CCCP … Continue reading
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date: 24 Sep 2014 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 park adjacent … Continue reading
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
Where Timofei goes, the pigeons follow. It was a big surprise that they had been awarded the Орден Ленина, for posing with Vladimir Ilyich so many times.
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
23 Sep 2014 When we arrived at the Sapporo Hotel in Khabarovsk at 7am, a comment was made that we had arrived very early so we apologized and commented that that was when the plane landed. We were then told … Continue reading
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Had a wonderful day down at Listvjanka which is the town that serves lake Baikal. After we collected our bus ticket we tried to find a coffee because we still had a 2 hour wait for the bus. I will … Continue reading
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
Little is known about Boris and his allegedly nefarious activities. When he is in residence in Brisbane, it is known by a few that he has a weekly sojourn with acquaintances at a competitive event. It is trivial. One of … Continue reading
20 Sep 2014 Heading off on our last train ride from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal – another 18 hours and we should arrive at our destination…. We watched the view from the window change as we headed east, … Continue reading
Tourism can do without the taxi mafia waiting at railway stations, ready to relieve passengers of their money. They are a nuisance, an irritation and a scourge. While our travelers have learned to avoid them, they are persistent pests. It … Continue reading
Somewhere between Krasnoyarsk and Nizhny Udinsk Timofei and Boris had retired to the restaurant wagon on the Transmongolian (Moscow to Ulaanbaator, but boarded in Krasnoyarsk, and were to detrain at Irkutsk). The purpose of their venture was food and … Continue reading
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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
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
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
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
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
date: 14 Sep 2014 Boris meets his equal. When our heroes finished their night symphony on a low note, they peered out the hotel window and saw rain. After breakfast they made their way along Malisheva to 8th March Street. There they … Continue reading
We have straddled the European/Asian border (but with any Vodka, pity) – it was a lot of fun with the cabby who only charged us about $30 for 2-3 hours and we used him because there was a bit of … Continue reading
Yesterday was a good day in Kungar at the Ice Cave. Michail and Tina were excellent guides. Tina was an individual tourist guide who was employed by Michail because of her English. We were collected from the hotel and it … Continue reading
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
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
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
One does not sleep too well on rocking trains so we were awake at 6. Consumed the supplied breakfast of strawberry jam cake, which really wasn’t to bad for a cake, quite moist and followed that with what looked like … Continue reading
Looks like this one is a very old train, no power to cabins, only a point at each end of the carriage and 2 part way along. Means one needs to stand guarding electronic device whilst it charges. Good view … Continue reading
Arrived in Moscow at 630 this morning, beds on the train are like rock but they are 2nd class. We had 2 delightful people in our cabin, 1 Gregory(pronounced Gre. Goary) and the 4 th person in the cabin was … Continue reading
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
The bus from St Petersburg arrived in Pskov by simply becoming part of the traffic on the main street, where the flow was not very heavy but it was Constant. Before our heroes realised the situation the bus had gone … Continue reading
Nice hotel here in Pskov, have the opportunity to complete the drying off the washing that missed out last night in Peters. Seems to be a general lack of touristy information down at the lobby – even unable to tell … Continue reading
Washing – needed to be done and could not locate a laundromat so back to the hotel and used the bath and basin. Left the clothes hanging in the room with the fan turned on and hoping. Luba came by … Continue reading
Took the Red bus (which was grey) and had an excellent tour round the city. Went to check out Gosting Dvor, it was a reverse shop compared to home, few doors to enter the centre and the different shops are … Continue reading
St Petersburg – Кафе «Сулико»Agent Romanova lured our unsuspecting heroes from Nevsky Prospekt into Nabezhnaya Kanala Griboyedova and then into the less lit Pereulok Sergeya Tyulenina.Following instructions to the letter, the party descended stairs into a basement and entered Cafe … Continue reading
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
Quiet morning this morning. After a good sleep we got up and packed our gear ready for the trip north on the Sapsan. Out of the hotel with the aim of dropping our stuff at Leningradsky Vokzal and then wandering … Continue reading
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 – Парк … Continue reading
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
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, Wednesday: Мемориальный музей космонавтики The Russian Space Program has suffered a huge set-back. Our incompetent heroes have sought to provide their expertise to the program.Sergei Korolev, from his deathbed, strenuously advised against seeking assistance from these fools. His last … Continue reading
The traffic in central Moscow is constant. Whether it be on the seven lanes across Okhotny Ryad or in the narrow streets behind Lubyanka, pedestrians cannot let their attention lapse. Boris and Timofei made their way through cars and traffic … Continue reading
Moscow: Paveletsky VokzalEvery morning in Moscow, Boris and Timofei have made a practice of having a coffee at Costa Coffee shop in the lounge. They have used a spatula to apply the charm to Valya, the unsuspecting barista. The poor … Continue reading
Russia is the largest country, but it impossible to find a parking space in Moscow. According to Boris there are 3.5 cars owned by residents, per authorised and marked parking bay. However, all know that his statistics are totally unreliable. … Continue reading
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We were going to go on the Red Bus today but changed our minds because the sun was not shining so headed towards the Cosmos museum at Bdnx where there were statues of Yuri Gagarin and other astronauts in Russia’s … Continue reading
Met up with Irina, the nice young tour guide who guided us through the Railway Stations and the Communist Walk yesterday. She only does tours for groups that speak English and she is excellent. Ian and I were the only … Continue reading
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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