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  • Day14

    View from the train

    September 8, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Just a couple of short video clips through the train window, first as we travelled through a Siberian Village (with musical accompaniment) and then a typical view as we travelled through a silver birch forest in the rain.Read more

  • Mar2

    Underway to St Petersburg

    March 2 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ -10 °C

    We left Murmansk and today we continue our journey to St Petersburg, 1000 km to go. Due to the fantastic Internet connection here our updates will be less frequent, so don’t worry :)
    At the moment we have a coffee stop, checking oil levels and enjoying Russian coffee.Read more

  • Mar6

    Crossing the border @ Kaliningrad

    March 6 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    We arrived around 12 o’clock this morning at the Russian border @ Cobetck. Friendly people and very efficient procedures. We even received a customer feedback form by email on our phone if there was anything what could be improved. They will give a way a Free Lada for the best monthly idea. And then I woke up and noticed that I fell asleep. Rob was still busy doing the paperwork and we entered Russia finally around 15:00. By the way our lady from the customs told us that we are staying in Kaliningrad, factorystreet 10. 😄Read more

  • Mar6

    Crossing the Russian Poland border

    March 6 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

    After a very nice meal in Kaliningrad we continued our journey to the border of Poland just to save some time tomorrow. And what we already expected again an intensive check from the Russian and Polish customs including a complete scan from our truck. When we are finished here it is time to find a good place for our night-stop.Read more

  • Day62

    First night out of Vladivistok

    June 26, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    I couldn't get my car ready yesterday. It was very late when I got home.
    To get the car into the container I had to let some air out of the tyres. When unloading the car, I wanted to pump up the tyres, but when unpacking the air compressor I found that the curled hose had totally disintegrated and fallen into lots of pieces. Waiting for help. Yuri and I had still some shipping business to finalise, so he brought along an air compressor. What would we overlanders do without Yuri!
    After dinner with Yuri i drove home. As I wanted to get a head start for the next morning, I drove to the supermarket to stock up with all the stuff I still needed.
    The Carpark is very narrow (oh we spoilt Aussies) so I took one corner too short and
    dinted a super loved and polished old timer car. Got out of it with 200$US . Sounded like a good deal to me, but involved a lot of discussion, talking and waiting.
    This morning, after packing up and sorting out the van it wax time to say good by to my new found friends Katya and Vera. Katya has extra baked some apple and berry pies for me, Vera presented me with Vietnamese Coffee ( you should try it one day. Really yummy!), Russian chocolate and honey.
    Now I had to get a hose for this air compressor and fill up my gas bottle. After driving around Vladivostok for hours I did not succeed with any of it so I ended up buying a cheap compressor so i can use its hose and buying a gas cooker. In the process I got to close again to another car in an even tighter car park in China town, which this time resulted in no damage to the other car but to mine.
    Just a small dint, doesn't bother me, but my driving confidence is shaken by now. I only tinted 2x in my hole life and now 2x within 24 hours. What's going on??!!
    Finally at 4o'clock I'm headed out of town.
    Rexelby has been overjoyed to have the van back. I hardly got him out the car last night when i showed him what I brought home.
    Now , at around 5 he is making himself known. He had been extremely patient with me so I drove off the highway trip find a spot where i ciuld take him for a walk.
    Once you leave the highway there are mainly really bad dirt roads. So I travel along this really horrible dirt road, when I, I kid you not, drive the left front wheel into a ditch, so it its air borne. Here i am stuck again! Can you believe this? For no reason! Thank goodness a truck comes along and to my rescue. He has really deserved some of Katja's apple pies!
    I took this as a sign to call it a day! I hadn't realised how stressed I must have been. Time to rest and have a good sleep. There's a new start tomorrow!
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  • Day79

    Colours of Baikal

    September 18, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Fantastic day today in Listvyanka with the most stunning weather.
    We started the day with a visit to Baikal Museum which sadly included an aquarium with 2 of the saddest looking cute seals ever seen. I fluctuated between wanting to cry and wanting to break them out and throw them into the lake!
    After this we cheered ourselves up with a walk up the hill to the cable car and a v slow chairlift to the top which has magnificent views of Lake Baikal.
    We walked down and followed the lake to town for an hour in the sunshine.
    K then spotted a seal for real- a free swimming cutie in the lake. This made us feel a bit better about the sad one in captivity.
    Next was a coffee and some local berries right on the waters edge with the most stunning view of life on the lake.
    A trip to the market, a purchase of some rare Charoite ( only found in Baikal), a non purchase of some Seraphinite ( a mineral also only found here) and then an amazing dinner was all completed before sunset watching. No swimming today sadly.
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  • Day61

    Riverside festival

    August 31, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Sorry was only going to do 1 post tonight but K’s photos too cool- if I do say so myself!!
    We have just had a laugh whilst posting the video of the 2 kids dancing.
    As we were walking home I laughed about a woman in a red dress who was on an electric scooter with a small child running behind her. Whilst posting the video who scooted through at the end? - the woman in the red dress.... and then the running child appeared..... there was about 45 mins between the 2 events!!! That is going to be one fit bit tired child!!Read more

  • Day66

    Moscow to Trans Siberian Boarding

    September 5, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Moscow to Yekaterinburg - 26 hours
    Checked out of our hotel and spent 3 hours printing and sending back our Australian Tax returns (yawn.... u should be exempt from such mundane chores whilst travelling!).
    A taxi to Kazanskiy train station took us past our fave building depositing us the recommended hour early.
    This just added to the stress of not being in the right place and trying to google translate the train board - unsuccessfully!
    However all was fine and we boarded our train ready for the 16.38 departure, settled into our fab little cabin and have been blessed with an absence of cabin buddies so far at least.
    The “Provonista” came around and took ur dinner order within 10 mins and in we settled!!
    Boring updates to follow...
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  • Day15

    Galina's Homestay

    September 9, 2019 in Russia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Just to close up on our time in Bolshoe Goloustnoye we thought we would just mention our accommodation. There are very few tourists that come to this Village so only a few places offer accommodation. We stayed in a chalet attached to a farm and enjoyed what you could best describe as a homestay.

    Galina was the lady of the house and she looked after everything. We saw her husband wandering around from time to time but apparently he is a victim of the booze, as is the case with quite a few of the Villagers here as modern day life takes it’s toll on small remote communities.

    So she looks after all guest related issues herself and also runs their small farm, with some support from her two girls and grandchildren. She prepared for us very good, filling home-cooked Russian food and despite having not a single word of English was the perfect host.

    The Banya facility was great and our room was fine with the exception of the beds which were hard beyond belief (we both agreed on that!). But it has been a very different and enlightening experience living with a real family, in a real Village, in the real forest, of the far East of Siberia.
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  • Day80

    New Zealand Pie Shop in Irkutsk!!

    September 19, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Yes that is correct Random Russia keeps on giving!!
    Whilst searching for the way from the bus station to the hostel K spotted the New Zealand pie shop on google maps.
    Despite carrying our backpacks we decided we would go out of our way to pay it a visit.
    What a random find as the photos show!!!
    Luckily the pies were only $2.40 because my beef one was pretty average although K loved her apple and cinnamon.
    On questioning the Russian counter girl told us that the owner was Russian but had visited NZ and then came back and set up this pie shop of which it looks like a chain of at least 3 shops according to the brochure.
    K was v v happy with her pie.... meanwhile Vanessa’s Cafe In Hampden has nothing to worry about!!!
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