Archive for July 2011

Back on the Trans Siberian Railway   Leave a comment

Hi folks,

Today we are back on the Trans Siberian Railway for a 30 hours (yep you heard correctly) trip to Khabarovsk.  Luckily we are in second class again.  We are stocked up with noodles, porridge, bread, tea and those  handy little satchets of milk you get in service stations.

Because there is no hostel accommodation in Khabarovsk we are trying out couch surfing for the first time and are staying for two nights with a Russian couple who have loads of great reviews on the website.

My phone is charged for movies and TV (because I’m working my way through all 52 episodes of Blake’s 7 at the moment) and reading on the kindle app) and my iPod is charged for some tunes….off we go on the next leg.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

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Hippy Commune……Sorry I meant Nakitas Homestead, Olkhon Island   2 comments

A gallery to itself.  On the surface of things Nakitas Homestead on Olkhon Island, Lake Bailkal was a picturesque wooden Homestead.  With winding alleyways  and simple rustic rooms with no running water or heating.  Fine when its warm and dry.  On our visit it was neither warm or dry.  This lead to muddy paths a challenge to stay upright on when you were legging it from one building to another, smelly hole in the ground toilets and dirty showers.  The female staff all wore those patterned flowing skirts and headscarfes and the fellas where none existant.  Wierd place, but very photogenic never the less….

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Teaser Shots from Olkhon Island   Leave a comment

First pictures I’ve processed of  Olkhon Island.  I was so excited about them, I wanted to share them before sorting through the rest….

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Stefan Palmer

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Yekaterinburg – Photo Gallery   Leave a comment

Here’s my Yekaterinburg gallery.  The city appears to have something of a fascination with The Beatles.  We would liked to have spent one more day there to visit the Romonov execution site but time got the better of us.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Another Wedding Gallery is Available on The Wedding Page   Leave a comment

This one features the wedding reception.  Candles in jars, cupcakes, Stef’s speech, fancy dress pictures (oh dear), tables names after people who inspire us (Brian Cox, David Attenborough and Ernest Shackleton) and champagne saucers

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

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Novosibirsk and the people what we meet   Leave a comment

Here’s my photos for Novosibirsk.  At this point we have travelled 3335 km from Moscow on the Trans Siberian Railway.  In total on our trip we have travelled 9935 km from Jersey. The Novosibirsk was a little disappointing but a welcome rest from the cramped train journey.  We found a fantastic resturant that served the best steak I’ve every had.  So good that we went back the following night!  They also brewed their own beer and bitter was one of the beers mmmmmm.  The city was one of a few we have experienced in Russian that doesn’t seem to have a definate centre to it.  There is a striking Lenin statue, on a small park with a paved area (a particularly favourite spot for skate boarders because it was so smooth and flat).  We found a great hostel close to the Metro where the ladies couldn’t do enough to help us.  They even hung my undies out to dry for me.  Compared to Moscow the Novosibirsk Metro was tiny with only two lines as opposed to Moscow’s ten.  Some hightlights of the city were a group of old timers dancing in the park who knew all the moves, two cool dogs and some wierd statues.

We have met some great fellow travellers on this Trans Siberian Journey, which just adds another level of enjoyment to the experience.  We often meet couples or groups in one place.  They may be on a slightly different schedule to us, visiting different towns on the route or on different trains but a few days later they pop up again in another city in the same hostel as us.  It’s always a comedy double take moment when we see them followed by “hello it’s you again from er where was it?”  This as happened with a brother and sister German couple we met in Moscow and an Australian guy we met in Yekaterinburg.  Some travellers by coincidence are on the same train as us.  We strike up a friendship and so we spend time together exploring two consecutive cities, like Daniel from Portugal.  We spend time with him in Yekaterinburg and travelled through to Novo on our train.  We hope to see Daniel again in Lake Baikal.  In Novosibirsk we also met a group of motor biking overlanders who we hope to meet up with again in Thailand when our routes next converge.  This travelling caper is brilliant.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

 

A surprising Second Class trip to Irkutsk   Leave a comment

Written on 20th July at 02.40.

It was a nice surprise to find we have booked a second class cabin for our trip to Irkutsk and now we have checked our tickets our next leg to Khabarovsk is also second class.  When we mapped out our journey on the Trans Siberian Railway we didn’t factor in the previously mentioned (https://somuchtoseesomuchtodo.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/onwards-into-asia/) that all Trans Sib trains run on Moscow time.  Due to this oversight this post was written at 02.40.  The train ticket said an arrival time of 21.32…nice we thought.  Perfect for finding the hostel and getting some shut eye.  Er no.   Taking into account local time we have actually arrived in Irkust at 02.32.  We got one good nights sleep on our 30 hour train journey from Novoboriska, so we have decided to crash for five hours in the Train station lobby until a reasonable hour.  Then get breakfast and dump our gear in the hostel.  Kerry is managing to nod off.  Me being me can’t sleep so I’m flitting between reading my book, observing the station cat prowling its territory, drafting posts, randomly picking songs on my ipod (incidently Take That’s new album is very good) and watching Blakes 7 on my phone.  Sleep’s for wimps!

So here we are in Irkutsk.  Within touching distance of  the huge Lake Baikal 64 km away.  We have now travelled 5,153 km from Moscow on the Trans Siberian Railway.  We are here for a couple of days before exploring Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island.  In total ten days R & R at this stop.  I’ve included a link to info on Lake Baikal below.  I can’t wait to get out and about in the countryside and take some photos.  Kerry and I have missed the countryside since our last wild camp.  We may even get some diving and horse riding in.  Definately some hiking/treking.  It’s hard to imagine our Russian adventure is almost over with a tad over two weeks left.  We will then be in China.  It will be nice to save money.  Hostels are a quarter of the price in Asia!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Baikal

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer