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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #90 on: February 02, 2013, 08:01:54 AM »
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Interesting when you are in FSU on Western Christmas day as nobody else cares, I have been many times during this period and was well aware that this Christmas like the others before it will be a write-off!!!

So true! Was in Luhansk on Christmas; our celebratory meal was in a sushi restaurant, which, for my fiancee and her daughter, was quite a celebration...but, for me, there was some nostalgic longing for a traditional Christmas meal. On the other hand, my love made New Year's Eve the best that I had ever had in my life.  :)
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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #91 on: February 02, 2013, 09:28:28 AM »
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Interesting when you are in FSU on Western Christmas day as nobody else cares, I have been many times during this period and was well aware that this Christmas like the others before it will be a write-off!!!

So true! Was in Luhansk on Christmas; our celebratory meal was in a sushi restaurant, which, for my fiancee and her daughter, was quite a celebration...but, for me, there was some nostalgic longing for a traditional Christmas meal. On the other hand, my love made New Year's Eve the best that I had ever had in my life.  :)
Agree – the new year thing is a different animal altogether, I have been lucky enough over the last 6 years to have spent new years eve in Kiev, Vladivostok, St Petersburg and Nikolayevsk-on-Amur most recently!! New year in FSU is certainly a highlight!!!
If you get a minute check out Bruce's TR - Its not quite finished, however its still a pretty good read IMHO.

If I win the lottery I'll finish it this week if not I'll probably complete it when I retire!!! Until then I hope you enjoy the story so far!

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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #92 on: February 02, 2013, 01:49:43 PM »
Once married, I am going to try to get future wife to take vacation for western Christmas so we can celebrate it in the US or in western Europe  :plane:; but we will, for sure, be back in UA for New Year's  :party0031:.
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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #93 on: February 09, 2013, 01:20:48 AM »
Christmas day - probably one of the most low-key Christmas's I have ever had - in fact Tanya forgot and never even mentioned it until I reminded her and that was it - Merry Christmas Bruce.
 
Anyway - we have a chilled out day and have the train booked for just before midnight so we spend the rest of the evening drinking and chatting - about 11.00 we book a taxi and take off for the next part of the journey, the 16 hour train journey to Khabarovsk - this is the first stage of the famous Transsiberian railway and is the first time I have ever traveled in a "sleeper" cabin on train - lots of "firsts" on this trip!!!
 
The sleeper cabins on these trains sleep 4 and there is always a chance you will be spending all or a portion of the journey with complete strangers - as the train departs Vladivostok station nobody else has entered our cabin - Tanya tells me not to get excited as they will probably get on at the next stop in approx 50 minutes - in one of those moments where women are always right she was bang on the money and 2 other people arrive - they say nothing as they enter and do not even make eye contact for the entire journey! If it was in England you would at the very least feel awkward enough to at least attempt some form of basic communication - in Russia no chance!!!
 
By the time it reaches about 1.00am it is time to crash-out, I thought I would not be able to sleep but surprisingly I'm seemingly asleep with a few minutes!!
 
Prior to taking this trip there are several romantic notions about the Transsiberian railway experience and as another member quite rightly stated it is in fact rather "boring" and a generally uncomfortable experience. Quite possibly if I was on this train for the full 7 days all the way to Moscow I would probably go mad!! The only thing I actually regret is not investigating the rest of the train and taking more photos - problem was - your hero was just to plain lazy and stayed in bed until 12.00 - so I missed the opportunity to have a good look around!! From my first impressions the cabin was really basic (we improved on this significantly on the return trip) and certainly not comfortable in the slightest - possibly a prison cell would be marginally more comfortable!!

i do have a few photos I took during the journey - nothing exciting but will try and get them posted here!
If you get a minute check out Bruce's TR - Its not quite finished, however its still a pretty good read IMHO.

If I win the lottery I'll finish it this week if not I'll probably complete it when I retire!!! Until then I hope you enjoy the story so far!

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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #94 on: February 09, 2013, 11:03:00 PM »
For the final few hours of the journey I had the following fantastic view (below) this was the same for mile after mile – nothing different (that I actually saw) – maybe there were lots of fantastically diverse sights that I slept through, but somehow I doubt it!! We did stop at a station for a while and several passengers got off to pick up a bargain from some of the traders on the platform – now I wish I had taken a photo but I was laying down at the time and couldn’t be bothered to get up – don’t judge me!! When the guys who were sharing the cabin came back they had brought some red caviar in large tubs at a bargain price and proceeded to eat some as soon as they sat down in – I can’t stand the stuff so can’t say I was that jealous!!

Anyway I post a few photos of the fabulous scenery and one from inside the train – the main corridor, you will notice the large communal kettle/boiler (having a mental block here and can’t think of the proper name for it) at the end of the corridor! Also a bit of a shame I didn’t take any photos of the cabin itself – another missed opportunity I’m afraid!

We pull into khabarovsk station at approx 4.00pm – now Vladivostok was cold but this place was (at that point) the coldest place I have ever experienced – geez it was f’ing freezing!!!
If you get a minute check out Bruce's TR - Its not quite finished, however its still a pretty good read IMHO.

If I win the lottery I'll finish it this week if not I'll probably complete it when I retire!!! Until then I hope you enjoy the story so far!

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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #95 on: February 09, 2013, 11:04:18 PM »
View from main corridor of the train
If you get a minute check out Bruce's TR - Its not quite finished, however its still a pretty good read IMHO.

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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #96 on: February 09, 2013, 11:06:15 PM »
Miles and miles of varied scenery ;D
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« Reply #97 on: September 12, 2014, 09:58:20 AM »
I reckon 800+ miles just from Vlad to the place in the middle of no where
Chris - Its in the arse end of no where mate - I originally thought it was a 24 hour train journey from Vlad, Tanya seems to think its approx 36 hours (I will let you guys know exactly next year) - then you must cross the river (which should be frozen solid by then) to get over to the town!!
Just a quick update on this - last year we did the winter trip this year we traveled during the summer - Late July through to Aug, 19 days in total.

We flew down to Khabarovsk then rest over for a couple of days then 6 hours by bus up to Komsomolsk-on-Amur then approx 12 hours on high speed boat up the Amur - this was just a pure endurance test - at one point I had no words. Incidentally on the journey back which was approx 1 hour longer then the journey there, at the first village stop about 40 contract fishermen boarded and progressed to get completely hammered!!! Fantastic :( Longest 13 hours ever!!!

Next time we are flying :)
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Re: Bruce Lee - Enter the Mother Land
« Reply #98 on: September 12, 2014, 01:24:15 PM »
Bruce, I didn't see this before, quite a trip!

I have done the train thing and also done the some of the same trips by bus. One thing of which I am sure, doing such journeys at ground level is something that should be done - once!

There's a lot to be seen of the minutiae of life, particularly when the train or bus stops for a while but life is too short to make it a regular habit.

I bet you start to understand just how big the place is though.

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« Reply #99 on: September 13, 2014, 12:21:13 AM »
Bruce, I didn't see this before, quite a trip!

I have done the train thing and also done the some of the same trips by bus. One thing of which I am sure, doing such journeys at ground level is something that should be done - once!
I've experienced enough now to decide that I'd rather risk the chicken carrier from Khabarovsk to there - the bus to Komsomolsk was absolutely fine apart from the choices of stops, however the boat trip was something else altogether, having to share 1 squat toilet with a capacity load of passengers is a real eye opener in its self :o
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« Reply #100 on: July 08, 2016, 08:46:32 AM »
Its that time of the year again when its In-laws visit again and the marathon Birmingham to Nikolayevsk-on-Amure trip!!!

We're going for a new route and method of getting there - I'm never getting on the wretched high speed boat again - so we will take the overnight train from Khabarovsk to Komsomolsk (stay there a few days) then overnight mini-bus from Komsomolsk to Nikolayevsk.

We normally stay with the parents for a week and then do reverse order back again taking a short rest on the way back - booked 2 nights in Moscow on return trip for a chill-out!!!

As usual will probably need to book a holiday when we get back to recover from this one :chuckle:
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« Reply #101 on: July 08, 2016, 08:53:04 AM »
Have fun. At least you will be in the middle of wide open spaces when WWIII kicks off next week.

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« Reply #102 on: July 08, 2016, 09:06:19 AM »
Have fun. At least you will be in the middle of wide open spaces when WWIII kicks off next week.
Very true, we often joke that should you wish to you could easily disappear for ever in these areas - its as far removed from Moscow/St Pete Russia as you can get!!! An outpost in the middle of nowhere for sure!!
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« Reply #103 on: July 08, 2016, 10:41:21 AM »
Have fun. At least you will be in the middle of wide open spaces when WWIII kicks off next week.
Very true, we often joke that should you wish to you could easily disappear for ever in these areas - its as far removed from Moscow/St Pete Russia as you can get!!! An outpost in the middle of nowhere for sure!!

There's tribes of folks in Siberia who have done just that. Well, dunno if it is still the case, but it used to be there were wandering hunting groups never seen from one years end to the next. Like a snowy Amazon.

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