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Europe » Russia » Siberia April 7th 2008

Le printemps est arrive, dans beaucoup de region de Yakoutie des fetes en son honneur, apres 8 voire 9 mois d hiver... Adieu l hiver, vive le printemps annonce les banderolles. J aurais aime aller a la fete des rennes, mais trop loin et surtout tres couteux,. A Mirny j etais invitee par la directrice de l ecole polytechnique , les eleves ont joue une piece de theatre en francais, et ensuite nous sommes alles voir ces memes eleves qui etaient sur un char fleuri pour la fete du printemps. De Sountar il a fallu 4 heures de route et traverser trois fois la riviere gelee.... read more
Fete du printemps
Fete du printemps
Fete du printemps

Europe » Russia » Siberia April 7th 2008

Le 1er avril. Inauguration de l école d Allanga. Nous partons avec le bureau administratif de l éducation de Sountar, pour le village d Allanga, a 30 km. L école d Allanga comprend 87 éleves de 7 a 18 ans. Les cours de français sont dispenses par trois professeurs, en fait, l inauguration est pour la mise en place de la francophonie, cela consistera donc a accueillir chaque année, un francophone pour aider les professeurs et ainsi l école pourra recevoir une subvention de l état et les éleves pourront bénéficier plus facilement des échanges scolaires avec une école en France. Ma présence pour officialiser les échanges entre le collège Gabriel Goussault de Vibraye, petite ville dans le département de la Sarthe, et cette école. Déjà, en décembre, un groupe d éleves d Allanga a été ... read more
Inauguration de l ecole
Inauguration de l ecole
Inauguration de l ecole

Europe » Russia » Siberia » Lake Baikal April 6th 2008

Again another lye-in, at this rate I am never going to see this effin lake. The owner came to my rescue though, he offered to take me on a personal tour for 1500 roubles (about 30 quid), at first I said no but then I thought what the hell, it makes it easier, it was expensive but he offered me the same tour for 2500 when I arrived, I think he wasn't doing much. It is expensive being on your own sometimes. Anyway we drove the 60km to Listvyanka village (which in itself sucks arse) but I must admit the lake was fantastic, I didn’t know what to expect but it was frozen, you were no longer allowed drive on it as it was thawing but you could walk on it (which I did), weird and ... read more
Lake Baikal
Another view of Lake Baikal
Omul Fish

Europe » Russia » Siberia » Irkutsk April 5th 2008

My few hours kip didn’t happen, you would thing that being on a train for 5 days and doing nothing but sleeping, reading and eating I would be wide awake and raring to go. No I was knackered, I did set the alarm but slept through it and 10:30 there was a knock on the door but I had to make my excuses. Looks like my complaints about the mattress were totally unfounded as I went straight back to it and slept for another 3 hours. I had my first shower in 5 days and it was Tony ( the Tiger - gggrrreeeaaatttttt), I managed to lose my shampoo somewhere though so I used the hotels hand wash ( I think the landlord has OCD as this place is so clean and there are a lot ... read more
Shopping Center
Surface to Air Missle
Cool wooden houses

Europe » Russia » Siberia » Irkutsk April 4th 2008

Hey, so its been a busy week, and i dont have much time to fit in all ive done in great detail, so i will do my best, please forgive me!! Last friday in moscow we finished our first few days of russian life in a traditional ukranian restaurant, with interesting results. we had no idea of what to order, so with what soundeed safest, smoked bacon a seemingly wise choice...what cam out however was essentially just a plate piled with pig fat, totally disgusting, but still a fantstic attempt by us to try everything. on saturday our train journey to siberia began, and was to be a fantastic 4 days, something which i had not expected. we filled our time with cards and a lot of eating and reading, and in the evening we partook ... read more

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Europe » Russia » Siberia April 4th 2008

5 heures du matin, arrivee a Yakoutsk, Isabela m attend, nous allons chez elle pour me reposer avant notre depart l apres midi pour le village de Sountar, au sud ouest de la Yakoutie.(950km) En fait, je n arrive pas a dormir avec le decalage horaire de 8 heures, donc j accompagne Isabela a l universite, ici je retrouve les professeurs de francais, puis nous cherchons une voiture publique pour partir. Rendez vous a 16 heures, enfin apres avoir recupere toutes les personnes qui veulent aller a Sountar, nous partons a 17h30. pas de lieu de rendez vous, le chauffeur va chercher a domicile chaque voyageur, impensable chez nous... Nous roulons avec quelques arrets pour boire du the et nous restaurer, le chauffeur est seul, et je suis quelque peu inquiete qu il ne s endorme.. ... read more
Offrandes
Sacs de sel
Lac sale,

Europe » Russia » Siberia April 4th 2008

Nous sommes ensuite alles visiter un jardin d enfants, 38 enfants de 2 a 6 ans sont accueillis chaque jour, lorsque nous sommes arrives les enfats se reposaient, et ils furent tres heureux de pouvoir se lever....... read more
les pots
Quelques enfants
petite fille

Europe » Russia » Siberia » Irkutsk April 4th 2008

Another day of tea, noodles and reading, I didn’t say much to my compartment companions but they was nice enough to offer me food and invite me to join a game of cards. There was a couple of stops during the day so I decided to stretch my legs and buy a bottle of coke (fed up with tea now). I managed to finish ‘After they killed my father’ and had run out of reading material so I started reading my Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian book from cover to cover, it starting to look a little dog-eared now. I ate in the restaurant car and headed back to my compartment, I only had about another 5hrs on the train before I had to get off, luckily there was another stop and my compartment mates decided to get ... read more
My hostel

Europe » Russia » Siberia » Ulan-Ude March 28th 2008

Part 1: Slip Slidin' away We knew there were two things in store for us on the overnight train trip from Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia to Ulan Ude in Russia: another tedious border crossing and bugger all sleep. We were correct on both counts. We also met our first Provodnista and Provodnik - the Russian cabin attendants, female and male respectively. They did not speak much English but they did their best to give us whatever information we needed. At any rate, their English way surpassed our non-existent Russian language skills so we were grateful for their efforts. Our readings had alerted us to the fact that there would be no dining cart on this train so we had stocked up on travel food before boarding and were all set for 28+ hours on the rails. ... read more
Dress up time
The Ivolginsk Datsan
Old Believers museum

Europe » Russia » Siberia » Biysk March 17th 2008

Tomorrow I begin my exit from Russia. I will be driven to Biysk (3 hours) and obtain my invitation to return to Russia later this summer. From Biysk I will take the train to Moscow (2.5 days) I will arrive in Moscow and head to Sheremetevo 2, my favorite airport in the world (note: sarcasm). I'll wait there for several hours before hoping a plane. I fly from Moscow to Copenhagen (layover) to Paris. I'll arrive in Paris at about 8:30pm Paris time. After that I will proceed directly to my hotel, shower (or take a bath if possible) and sleep. March 22'nd I'll search for the Russian consulate, attempt to begin processing my future visa and then promptly begin exploration of Paris. I'm not sure how long it will be until my next post, but ... read more




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