Sverdlovskaya Oblast’

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  • Day8

    Tram Tales

    June 15, 2017 in Russia

    Well, it was a dreich day in Moscow this morning (Thursday). You know, sometimes this place reminds me of Glasgow - heavy showers, grey skies, road works everywhere and waiting on public transport that doesn't turn up! I waited 45 minutes on a tram with a supposedly 4 minute service. A queue of elderly Muscovites gave the driver what for, shaking their brollies at her, but Big Bertha the tram driver was having none of it. Two young lads ducked under the tram's turnstile in the melee, and laughed as they thought had skipped their fare. But Big Bertha had clocked them, and shouted to the effect, 'come oan you pair, get aff ma tram!' Just looking round the tram, I had to conclude that the Muscovites really are a dour lot - not much of the craic here!

    One poor old soul had either forgotten her ticket, or didn't have one, and explained she was only going one stop. But Big Bertha was having none of it, and slammed on the brakes - she was going nowhere. Eventually a kindly fellow passenger let the old dear use his pass, and we were off.

    The traffic in Moscow is constantly heavy, with many roads gridlocked. Vehicles constantly block junctions and, at their peril, some strayed into our tram track, until BB scared them off with the constant shrill ringing of her bell. At one point our tram came to a complete standstill in the traffic for a good 20 minutes, and folk were desperate to get off and walk. 'Yer gaun nowhere' decreed Big Bertha, 'this is a limited stop - ye cannae get aff afore the Bolshoi!' (I'm paraphrasing here, but you get the gist).

    (I've just realised I'm starting to sound like Kris with a K and his tales of the No. 9 bus to Paisley. Sorry, K, but this was a number 3 tram, so sufficient artistic differences!).

    In the late morning, I decided to pay a visit to one of Moscow's many art galleries. I chose the New Tretyakov Gallery housing the best of 20th Century Soviet art. Behind this, the Museum Park is the final resting place for many Soviet statues torn from their pedestals after the Soviet Union's collapse.

    While I enjoyed the gallery, getting there was a bit of a nightmare, even with Google Maps. Due to even more road works, it was hard to work out which of the various underpasses took me where I wanted to go. Three times I must have passed the same odd-looking woman with bizarre black painted eyebrows and crooked lipstick, trying to sell me a dancing, threadbare rabbit smoking a cigar (the rabbit that is). 'No, thank you, madam, I know I have passed your way several times but I already have one at home.'

    Then back to the hotel to collect my bags and head off to Kazansky station. Moscow has nine main line stations, all huge and in grand palatial-like buildings. I hoped I had found the right one. Yes! I checked into my berth on the 16.38 train. It was clean and comfortable and I was pleased I was only sharing my 4 berth cabin with one old, non English-speaking Russian man. Our compartment had comfy seats, and our berths above were made up with fresh linen and towels. We had a table, a safe, slippers and toothbrush / toothpaste, power points and even a TV. Shortly after our prompt departure, our Stewardess brought us our complementary meal - an airline type affair, consisting of a hot pork dish with rice, a roll, crackers and jam, and a bottle of water. She returned with tea in a glass in a fabulous silver Russian tea holder as we departed the metropolis and headed East. With only 5531 miles to Vladivostok, the first real part of my Trans Siberian Railway adventure had finally begun!
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  • Day10

    The Last of the Romanovs

    June 17, 2017 in Russia

    After a 25 hour train journey from Moscow I finally arrived at Yekaterinburg where I would spend 2 days. The journey had been very comfortable, especially as my travelling companion got off at 4am, leaving me the compartment to myself for most of the trip. The dining room was deserted at breakfast and lunch, most Russians preferring to bring on their own food (and drink!). Each carriage is run by a ‘Providnitsa’ - who maintains order, keeps the place tidy and the samovar topped up, so there is plenty of hot water for tea / coffee and pot noodles. I had heard some frightening tales about these women, and was expecting Big Bertha’s cousin Ursula from the Urals, but was pleasantly surprised when a young student doing this job on her summer holidays appeared.

    Yekaterinburg is in the Urals, and is probably best known as the place where Tsar Nicholas ll and his family were murdered in 1918. The pleasant girl in the tourist office arranged with her colleague Maxim to give me a private tour of the area, and we visited the monument marking the border between Europe and Asia, some ancient Ice Age stones in the forest, where I saw a wedding with a very gloomy bride (do they ever smile?), and a place called Ganina Yama where the Romanov bodies had been taken and disposed of in an old mine shaft, to be discovered only in 1991. A lovely monastery has been built around the spot in a beautiful, peaceful woodland setting. It was a tranquil and poignant place to visit.

    In the evening I went to the bijou Ykaterinburg Opera House and saw a performance of Carmen. I arrived a minute before curtain up and got a great seat in the stalls of this lovely theatre for 100 rubles (about £1.35!). It was a great production, complete with a Soviet tank and Russian tram, but sadly no sign of Bertha! Well, you can't have everything…
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  • Day11


    June 18, 2017 in Russia

    Ykaterinburg is an attractive city - Russia's 4th largest, with Boris Yeltsin, the first Russian President, hailing from here. Beautiful day again today, so I took a trip up the Vysotsky Tower - named after one of Russia's most famous singer-songwriters (what do you mean you haven't heard of him!). Great views from the 52nd floor. Visited the famous Church on the Blood, built on the site of the house where the Romanov's were shot (before being taken to the woods outside the city and dumped in a mineshaft which I had seen yesterday). Amazing church, and busy on a Sunday with a children's choir singing outside and free food (literally loaves and fishes by the looks of it) being handed out to soldiers and families who apparently travel great distances to come here.

    As I was running low on socks and pants I found the very place - M&S Ykaterinburg branch - only double the price. The city is proud to have been chosen by FIFA To be a host city for the 2018 World Cup.

    After dinner, a return to the Opera House to see Romeo and Juliet - the ballet. Another stunning production. It was sold out so I had to pay top price of £15 for my seat tonight. Now a wait until the ungodly hour of 3.45 am to catch the next leg of the Trans Siberian - with 2 full days on the train! Wish me luck!
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  • Day71

    Yekaterinburg @night

    August 14, 2018 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    As almost all cities in Russia Yekaterinburg is very nice at night. We walked around for a while and noticed that the only buildings which are in the dark are the churches.

    Wie fast alle Städte in Russland ist auch Yekaterinburg bei Nacht bzw. am Abend sehr schön beleuchtet. Lediglich die Kirchen wurden hier nicht beleuchtet.Read more

  • Day17


    May 18, 2017 in Russia

    De stad die je op vijf verschillende manieren kan schrijven, de stad waar de laatste tsarenfamilie is geëxecuteerd en waar wij eindelijk lekker weer kregen! Na zoveel weken sneeuwstormen en regenbuien zijn wij extatisch met onze 18 à 20 graden :)

    Yekaterinburg is een mooie moderne stad en staat volgens mij toch wel het meest bekend om haar grensovergang van Europa naar Azië. We zijn officieel in Siberië, maar deze stad doet erg westers aan met standbeelden van The Beatles, Michael Jackson, een Amerikaanse TGI Friday en grote winkelcentra.

    We keken naar de zonsondergang vanaf het hoogste punt van de stad, wandelden langs het water en lagen lekker in het park boekjes te lezen. Morgen gaan we nog even flink wat boodschappen doen en eten inpakken want..
    We beginnen zondagavond aan ons langste stuk in de trein van 58 uur (3 nachten) naar voor ons de laatste stop in Rusland: Irkutsk, waar we naar het Baikal meer gaan! Het is daar nu 30 graden dus de winterjas kan onderin de backpack hoera!
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  • Day71


    August 14, 2018 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    The next stop on our way is Yekaterinburg. It is a really nice city and not too big city but with a lot of churches around.

    We found some funny monuments including the Beatles and Micheal Jackson and of course we have done pictures with all of them! Also we had really good food today. We started with Pelmeni for late breakfast, had a bubble waffle with ice cream for lunch and ended with Sibirien Pelmeni, Borsch and Vareniki for dinner. Especially the restaurant "Pelmeni Club" where we had dinner was awesome!!!

    Der nächste längere Stop auf unsere Reise durch Russland ist Yekaterinburg. Es ist eine wirklich schöne Stadt die vor allem nicht zu groß ist, sodass man locker alles innerhalb von einem Tag ablaufen kann. Gefühlt besteht die Stadt fast ausschließlich aus Kirchen. Lustig ist, dass hier zudem an jeder Ecke Statuen von verschiedenen berühmten Menschen inkl. Michael Jackson und den Beatles gibt. Wir hatten ein bisschen Spaß und haben mit allen Fotos gemacht.

    Super war heute auch unser Essen. Zum Frühstück gab es Pelmeni, danach eine Schoko-Bubble-Waffel und zum Abschluss des Tages ein russisches Menü mit Borscht, Pelmeni und Vareniki. Vor allem das Abendessen im "Pelmeni Club" war richtig gut!!!
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  • Day4


    April 4, 2018 in Russia

    Hüt hani Ekaterinburg aaglueget. Und debii
    s‘erste richtige esse sit 3 täg gha😅
    Ich han es herzigs Restaurant gfunde mit spezialitäte usem Kaukasus.

    Und ich hans gschafft zum e sim charte poste🎉


    I found this amazing little restaurant that serves Caucasian food and had my first warm meal in 3 days🙈😄Read more

  • Day8

    Privet Ekaterinburg

    April 8, 2018 in Russia

    Since my last entry I have taken my second overnight train and spent two days in Yekaterinburg near the Ural mountain range. Lets get you caught up.

    Train 2: Kazan to Yekaterinburg

    Kazan is not actually on the so called "Trans Siberian Railway" but was a more interesting stop than i would have had on the first part of the official route. As a result my second train, since not directly servicing Moscow was noticeably less clean than my first Russian train. It was still the usual platzcart layout, but with older rolled mattresses on the beds and a toilet that you definitely do not want to sit on (it is times like these that I curse the female anatomy!). What also made my second train journey less enjoyable was the two very loud Russian guys who were sharing my section. Due to the fact that I obviously can't speak Russian, and the train conductors can't speak English, it is very obvious to anyone in earshot that I am a foreigner. And unfortunately this then led to Loud Russian Guy Number 1 staring at me for most of our waking hours on the train. And when i say staring I mean staring me dead in the eye! Anyway, aside from the unwanted attention and unwanted odor of the train, the journey itself wasn't too bad, and as usual we arrived on schedule.

    Day 1

    The train arrived at around noon, and by the time I got to my hostel, checked in and found my room, the 14 hour train journey had caught up to me. I decided to have a quick power nap before i ventured out. Unfortunately my body had other plans and I woke up at 5pm! As i only had this half day and the next full day in the city I couldn't waste the rest of the day and had to pull myself together and see a little bit of the city. I decided to walk to a colourful building I had seen a picture of in the north of the city, away from most of the tourist sights and then find somewhere for dinner. Well after walking for 20 minutes to where I thought the building was, and being surrounded by lots of less than attractive soviet buildings I admitted defeat and turned around now on the search for food. Thanks to the Happy Cow app i found my vegan heaven in the city, a little cafe in the middle of a sports and exercise only shopping mall (such a thing does exist). While I tucked into my falafel burger I had a look on the couchsurfing app as I was informed that in addition to finding people with spare rooms in the city, you can also find people who just want to "hang out". I had a look to see who was online and saw there was a girl nearby called Kristine. I thought "when in Rome!" and started chatting to her. It turned out she was actually from Novosibirsk (my next stop) and was in the city for work and wanted to sight see. We decided to meet the next day at 1pm at the Visoscky Tower, where there is a viewing deck. With my plans for the next day now more interesting than just me and my iPod, I decided to call it a day and head back to the hostel.

    Day 2

    Although I wasn't going to meet Kristine until the afternoon I didn't want to waste the morning and so decided to head out at 10am. I walked to a park I had passed on my way from the train station. There was a frozen pond with a gazebo and bridge in the centre, and the park was covered in snow, all the elements of some good pictures. Next to the park was a pretty blue church and right opposite that was the Church on Blood. This is one of the cities most famous buildings, although it was only built less than 20 years ago. It is actually built on the site of Ipatiev House which was where Nicholas II (the last Tsar of Russia) and his family where exiled to and later shot by Bosheviks during the Russian Civil war in 1918. The entire family was canonized as martyrs in 2000. As i walked around the church I noticed a large red line painted on the pavement. I decided to follow it as it seemed to be headed in the direction I wanted to go. As I followed the line it was clear that this was the tourist route of the city. It took my to the literary quarter of the city, and then to the riverside. The last stop on the red line before it crossed over the river was none other than my colourful building! It is actually an administrative building but is very ornately designed. A quick check of my watch let me know i had just enough time to get some food, at my trusted vegan cafe (the only vegan place in the city!) before I met Kristine.

    I got to the Visocksy Tower ten minutes early and waited near the entrance. a few minutes past 1pm I spotted a girl who looked like Kristines picture, and feeling a bit like a Tinder date, tentatively waved at her hoping it was Kristine. Thankfully it was! (otherwise I would've looked like some random waving girl). After making pleasantries we decided to follow the trusted "Red Line" through the city. It took us to all the major tourist sites, including a monument of the Beatles and of a QWERTY keyboard (which legend says if you type out your dream it will come true, obviously we had to give it a go!). As we walked around the city we talked non stop. She told me about life in Russia and also about Armenia where she is originally from. One of the nicest things about meeting new people from different cultures is not only leanring about the differences we have but also the many similarities. Kristine had a ticket to the Museum of Yeltsin, Russia's first president (after the USSR collapsed) so we decided to visit. I didn't know anything about him before the museum, and although most of the information was in Russian (though Kristine translated) I learned a lot about what it was like in Russia during the collapse of the soviet union. After the museum we were both pretty hungry and so stopped at a nearby Japanese restaurant for dinner where we chatted some more.We then decided to go to the viewing deck on the Visocksy tower, where we met. We were lucky enough to get to the top around sunset, which made for some good pictures of the city (and a few selfies). It was now quite late and we were both feeling pretty tired so decided to end our "hang out" there. We now both a contact should I want to visit Armenia or Kristine visit the UK. What travel is all about.

    And so there you have my one and a half days in Yekaterinburg, probably my favouritte city in Russia so far.

    Next stop: Novosibirsk.

    Until next time
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  • Day9


    May 22, 2018 in Russia ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

    Green Park Hotel (Грин Парк Отель) 3, Narodnoy Voly Str.24, Улица Народной Воли 24, Ekaterinburg, 620000 , Екатеринбург, Russland. Telefonisch haben wir frühes check-in für 1950 Rubel nachgebucht, weil wir nach 14 Stunden Eisenbahnfahrt bereits um 06:00 ankommen. Das macht Sinn. Jekaterinburg ist eine russische Stadt östlich des Uralgebirges. Sie ist bekannt für ihre mit goldenen Kuppeln versehene Kirche auf dem Blut, die im frühen 21. Jahrhundert am Standort der Hinrichtung der Zarenfamilie Romanow im Jahre 1918 erbaut wurde. Das Monument für den Gründer steht am Ufer der Isset. Im nahe gelegenen Sverdlovsk-Regionalmuseum wird unter anderem der Saal der Romanows mit persönlichen Gegenständen der letzten Zarenfamilie gezeigt.

    Das Hotel „Green Park Hotel“ wirkt von außen eher unscheinbar. Von innen es ein modernes Business Hotel, was auch überall in Deutschland stehen könnte. Wir wandern jetzt zum historischen Stadtzentrum. Gegen Mittag brechen wir unsere Erkundung erst mal ab, da es angefangen hat zu regnen. Natürlich hatten wir keine Knirpse und Regenjacken dabei, obwohl im Rucksack noch Platz gewesen wäre. Wir waren mit dem Wetter bisher verwöhnt gewesen. So sind wir leichtsinnig geworden. Am Spätnachmittag ist das Wetter wieder gut und wir erwandern den „sogenannten“ historischen Stadtteil weiter ab. So richtige Begeisterung kommt dabei nicht bei uns auf. Eigentlich ist Jekaterinburg keine Stadt für 3 Tage. Aber vielleicht entdecken wir ja noch irgendwas Besonderes.

    Wir sind wieder unterwegs. Die sibirische Kälte hat uns heute Morgen begrüßt. Wir haben (fast) alles angezogen was wir dabei haben. Die Steigerung wäre nur die Skiunterwäsche, die wir fürs Zelten in der Mongolei dabei haben. Nachmittags haben wir die Kirche mit Museum besucht, die an der Stelle erbaut wurde wo die letzte Zarenfamilie 1918 ermordet wurde. Das Jeltsin Museum war leider geschlossen. Stattdessen haben wir uns im gleichen Gebäude eine Ausstellung mit interessanten Bildern aus der Sowjetzeit angesehen. Beides ganz nett. So langsam gehen uns die Ideen aus, was wir in der eher uninteressanten Stadt noch machen sollen. Abends waren wir in einem authentischen Usbekischen Restaurant. War eine schöne Erfahrung, auch wenn Lammzunge echt gewöhnungsbedürftig ist.

    Bei mir ist der Höhepunkt einer Erkältung jetzt überschritten. Aber es beeinträchtigt auch meinen Aktionsradius. Normalerweise laufen wir täglich über 10 km. Heute gammeln wir nur ab. Unser Zug nach Novosibirsk geht erst am Abend.

    Text von Wolfgang
    Editiert am 06.11.2018
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  • Day27


    June 2, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Nun sind wir 5101,9 km gefahren, 1/8 unserer Tour.

    Heute waren wir Gas tanken und wurden wieder von der Polizei kontrolliert. Aber alle sehr nett. Sie waren neugierig und wollten Mal ins Wohnmobil schauen.
    Nun stehen wir wieder neben einem Sportstadion, zur Zeit läuft hier ein Frauen Fussball Turnier.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Sverdlovskaya Oblast’, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Sverdlovsk, Oblast de Sverdlovsk, Sverdlovskaja oblast, Свердловская область

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