Tuesday, May 19, 2009

R is for ...

Continuing my travels through the alphabet, R is for Russia.
It was eleven years ago that we traveled to Russia. The trip had to do with family matters--a wedding that we missed, meeting our son's fiancee and family. Our Russian travel contact told our local travel agent that "these people are going to unusual places." But we did the tourist thing as well. St. Basil's Cathedral above is the best known landmark of Red Square. The building below houses the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
The unusual places we were going to were in Siberia. No one we met in European Russia could fathom any reason to go to siberia. It is as distant to them as it is to us.
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But without going to Siberia we would not have seen this shrine at the site of the death of Czar Nicholas and his family in Ekaterinberg.
We traveled by way of the Trans-Siberian-Railway, and at each station where the train stopped, there were locals on the platform selling things. Mostly food--pastries, perogies, fresh berries. In on city where there was a glass factory, you could buy a chandelier on the platform. Factory workers received part of their salaries in goods.
Betweenn cities, the railway passed through the Taiga forest, made up mostly of birch and pine. This bit of forest was in the Akademgorodok--University District--of Krasnoyarsk, the city where our son studied and met his wife.
Our daughter-in-law's father was on the University faculty, and the friends of our son that we stayed with managed the computer science department. Touring one building we saw this sputnik.
We enjoyed meeting the people--our son's friends, internet friends, our homestay hosts, and folks we met along the way.


Find other ABC Wednesday posts linked at the ABC Wednesday blog. Denise started it all.

10 comments:

Martha Z said...

That looks like a fantastic trip, Kathy. It's by getting away from the "usual" you can really see a country.

Sailor Girl said...

What a fabulous sight! Russia!! Well chosen! Never been there, but must plan a trip a.s.a.p.!

On behalf of ABC Team I thank you for participating and am looking forward to meet you for next week's «S»!!!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Thank you for this fab tour of mother Russia.

Tyra

photowannabe said...

Wonderful travelogue. We were in Leningrad in 1983. What a fascinating part of the world. My son lived in Krosnyarsk for almost a year through a church program called Youth With a Mission. He met so many wonderful people and treasures the experience.

raf said...

What a grand trip you had into Russia, Katney. Thanks for sharing that unique R adventure with us!

Janie said...

I can imagine doing the non-tourist routes is the best way to really see a country. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Tumblewords: said...

How beautiful! I love those trees... Excellent photos and your narrative is wonderful.

RuneE said...

It must have been the experience of a lifetime. I envy you that one . Thank you for sharing!

PERBS said...

You've got soem wonderful photo memories!

Leslie: said...

What a trip! One of my best friends has been to Russia several times to teach teachers English. She did go to a few remote locations but I don't know anyone who's been to Siberia! You really made some memories. Good post! :D