Ostrov Burdukovskiy

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    • Day 59


      September 2, 2015 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Unsere letzten Tage in Russland sind nun fast vorbei. Zum Schluss machten wir noch ein echtes Schnäppchen mit nem Zimmer nur für uns mit eigenem Bad, wow.

      Wir nutzten die letzten Tage zum Entspannen, uns in Ruhe die Stadt anzuschauen, lecker Essen zu gehen und die Russland Reise nochmal Revue passieren zu lassen.

      Russland ist das mit Abstand flächengrößte Land der Erde, es umfasst in etwa 1/7 der Weltlandfläche (17'075'400 Quadratkilometer). Deshalb gibt es hier auch die längste Eisenbahnstrecke der Welt (ohne Zwischenstopp fährt man 152Stunden und 27Minuten von Moskau bis Wladiwostok), wir konnten ein ungefähres Gefühl für die unglaublichen Weiten bekommen. 10% des russischen Staatseinkommens stammen vom Umsatz des Wodkas, dessen Name ursprünglich "Wässerchen" bedeutet (woda "Wasser").

      Die 30 Tage gingen echt schnell rum, gefühlt saßen wir die meiste Zeit im Zug :-) Soo, was haben wir in Russland gelernt? Erstmal ein paar Wörter russisch, zum Beispiel: Ich spreche kein Russisch [ya ni gawarjú pa-rúßki], danke [spasiba] und ein paar mehr. Viele Gesichter in Russland wirken auf den ersten Blick sehr ernst und verschlossen, aber hinter dieser Fassade stecken nach unseren Erfahrungen sehr freundliche, aufgeschlossene, hilfsbereite und herzliche Menschen, die immer dazu bereit sind etwas von sich zu geben. Gastfreundschaft wird hier gelebt und groß geschrieben. Wir hatten hier viele gute Begegnungen, die uns in Erinnerung bleiben werden.

      Nun geht es bald schon weiter mit der transmongolischen Eisenbahn Richtung Mongolei, einem Land voller mystischer Landschaften, unberührter Natur und einer Kultur zwischen Tradition und Moderne.
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    • Day 27

      Ust-barguzin to Ulan-Ude

      July 7, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Our town, Ust-barguzin on a Saturday morning.
      Last night was a homestay so in the morning Nina our host a retired Cooking Teacher whipped up a traditional Russian breakfast of kasha with sultanas, fried bread buns with cheese and cold meats.
      Then off. Matt has to check out some possible hotels for clients, then onto Olga's for lunch.
      Olga is the French speaking daughter of a former soviet politician so enjoys her summer house with family.
      Olga often entertains foreign tourists and is bit of a story teller.
      Next and final stop, Ulan-Ude and visit Russia's most sacred Buddhist site the spiritual capital if Buddism in Russia. After decades of persecution Stalin approved its initial construction in recognition of the contribution made by these people in The Great Patriotic War.
      Tonight we are under the stars. 5 Star ie, and the view west as Lake Baikal's biggest tributary the Angara River flows to its delta.
      England is leading Sweden 1-0 in World Cup Quarter Final. Wait. It's now England 2 Sweden 0.
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    • Day 82

      Ulan-Ude Pass, Ulan-Ude

      July 26, 2014 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Die Reise geht eindeutig Richtung China. Unser heutiger Zug! Er fährt eigentlich direkt von Moskau nach Peking, für uns aber nur von Ulan Ude nach Ulan Batar. Und er ist voller Touristen... Eine neue Erfahrung für uns. Ganz speziell wird für uns der Grenzübergang von Russland in die Mongolei sein. Uns fehlen die Einreiseunterlagen nach Russland. Da wir zuerst in Weissrussland waren haben wir ganz einfach keine bekommen. In acht Stunden kommt die Grenze, dann wissen wir mehr.Read more

    • Day 54

      Ulan Ude

      June 29, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Weiter ging es in die Stadt. Nette Fußgängerzone und einen großen Lenin Kopf als Denkmal. Der Kopf war eigentlich ein Geschenk für eine Deutsche Stadt, aber keine Stadt wollte ihn, so ist er hier in Sibirien gelandet.

      Freitags und Samstags wird in Russland geheiratet, dann dürfen die Hochzeitspaare an besondere Plätze kommen und Photos machen.
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    • Day 15

      Back to Ulan-Ude

      April 20, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      We had to drive back to Ulan-Ude today in preparation for catching the plane early tomorrow morning to Moscow. So once again we packed our bags and headed off after breakfast. Michael had a work meeting he had to attend via Skype for an hour but this gave us time to get ready.

      We decided to stop for one last jaunt over the lake and pulled up where we had stopped for the first sunset the other night. There were a few fishermen out so we became a little braver and walked out further onto the lake. We were curious about the fishing so went to examine one of the holes that had been made. It was actually a lot smaller than we expected, only about 20cm diameter. We could see the ice was quite deep through the hole so that made us feel more secure! The fishermen had a long sort of corkscrew tool they used to make their holes in the ice. We walked past one older guy and he seemed to have more old school tools. His fishing rod only looked like a short stick with a bit of line attached!

      We made our way back to the car, I managed to get a wet foot due to a puddle iced over on top of the ice which was annoying!

      Kyria was keen to go for a hike through the forest and maybe up one of the mountains but we couldn’t find a track that was suitable, either the road was too muddy or there was no where to park the car so we gave up on the plan. It would have been fun!

      We stopped off at Haim where there was a nice river and bridge to get some photos and poke around. The boys has fun skating on the ice on the river - we were waiting for them to skate right off into the river! 😂

      It was an uneventful trip the rest of the way. I had packed a few activity bags for plane trips and car trips so Heidi was suitably amused.

      Back in Ulan-Ude the traffic was a little heavier than on the way out and it was bumper to bumper at times. Heidi’s little voice piped up ‘come on!’ while we were crawling along! 😂 At one point our lane seemed to end abruptly and there was a little chaos as everyone was pushing to the other side of the tram line, in between oncoming trams - no lights, just free for all!

      We are back at the apartment we initially stayed at. The boys have gone to clean the car and return it and I have put Heidi to bed. I only bought four books to read with her. She doesn’t like two of them so we’re only allowed to read the other two. I am so sick of ‘Where is the green sheep’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ 😩
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    • Day 7

      To the datsan

      March 30, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      With only one whole and two half days to see all Ulan Ude has to offer - and with 2 of the main things on our list being some way out of town - Helen suggested we hire a driver and guide. It was an excellent plan.

      Alexandr, the Russian driver, is clearly a man who enjoys his work. His biggest grin of the day was when he negotiated his way into (and, to our great relief, out the other side of) a rapidly closing gap between two approaching trams. I cannot image anything that would induce me to drive in Russia. Even if being chased by a bear, I think the bear would be the safer option.

      He'd learnt a little English at school 55 years ago. In those days they had no expectation of needing it to speak to anyone, so learnt only to read and translate. Still, we managed to exchange the odd word.

      Not that we lacked conversation. Galtan, the Buriat guide, talked virtually non-stop at high speed for 5 hours. He's fluent in at least 4 languages (and dialects of several of those - he took great pains to point out that he'd learnt the Queen's English at school, and if he accidentally slid into American at any point that was just because he was a little rusty). He has lived all over the place - from Seattle to Malaysia - and I think could have an intelligent conversation about any subject (we didn't try him on science but I think we covered virtually everything else). And as a Buddhist Buriyat with a girlfriend who is Russian Old Order, he was the perfect person to tell us about local culture.

      We started at the datsan - a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and university founded with Stalin's permission as thanks for the Buriyat service during the Great Patriotic War. The university has 4 departments - philosophy, Tibetan medicine, sacred art & magic, and fine art. It also has quite a lot of curly tailed dogs, lounging on sunny temple steps and doing regular rounds of the complex to clear up offerings of food.

      After a detailed grounding in Buddhist doctrine, temple etiquette, educational systems, attitudes to gender in relation to human embodiments of deities*, history in Russia, place in pan-Mongolian culture and colour choices (Galtan is *very* thorough) we moved on to the Ethnographic museum. That was a little disappointing. It is at higher altitude, so the snow melt lags a little behind the rest of the region. Combined with a shortage of staff, this meant quite a few of the buildings were either inaccessible or closed. Tramped round what we could - with 1 drenched foot each after a snowdrift mishap - and still managed to come away much better informed, even if we hadn't seen quite as much as we would have liked.

      Rounded off the day with dinner in Shashlikoff, which had an actual vegetarian menu (under the guise of 'healthy bites') as well as a few fattier veggie options scattered through the main menu. And a bill so small we both checked it twice to make sure they hadn't left off half the dishes. They hadn't. Tasty food too, so consider this a recommendation if you ever find yourself in the area.

      * It makes no difference. After all, the human may not have been the same gender - or indeed species or even class of being - last time round.
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    • Day 7

      Giant head of Lenin

      March 30, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      What can I say? It's Lenin's head. And it's very big.

    • Day 6


      March 29, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

      Erm ....

      No, I haven't tried it.

    • Ulan-Ude

      July 26, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Wir erreichten gegen 18 Uhr Ulan Ude (Ulan Ude ist bekannt für den größten Leninkopf der Welt) und bezogen erst einmal unsere Zimmer.
      Anschließend gingen wir in die Stadt etwas essen und wurden mal wieder von den russischen Wirten enttäuscht.
      Wenn man hier essen geht, kann es gut sein, dass beim 5. oder 6. Mensch die halbe Karte nicht mehr verfügbar ist. So auch in unserem Fall. Aber gut, der Koch mixte uns was aus Resten zusammen und wir waren satt.
      Am nächsten Tag besichtigten wir die Stadt. Wir schauten uns 3 Museen, ein wissenschaftlichen Institut und schließlich die Stadt an.
      Am Abend kauften wir uns Bier und setzten uns auf den Opernplatz. Dabei vergaßen wir, dass Alkohol trinken in der Öffentlichkeit verboten ist 😉 so bekamen wir Stress mit der Polizei. Die russische Polizei ist allerdings nicht mit den deutschen Bockwurstbullen vergleichbar, sodass wegrennen nicht funktioniert hätte 😒
      So landeten wir auf der Wache und klärten die Situation.
      Nach 10 Minuten war alles wieder gute und wir gingen was essen. Anschließend suchten wir uns noch eine Bar und landeten in einer Rooftop Bar. Immerhin konnte man hier im Freien trinken.
      Heute morgen aßen wir noch Frühstück (alle bekamen zum 2. mal das gleiche - Brei), was mit Tapetenkleister vergleichbar war und so starteten wir gegen 09:00 Uhr unsere Reise zum Baikalsee.
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