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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)

After leaving Moscow at 00.35 Saturday morning, we spent the next 33 hours aboard a train heading east towards Yekaterinburg. We opted for Plaskart seats, which comprise of 54 seats/beds, within a compartment. It was actually pretty comfortable and after a few beers, even relaxing! It was soon apparent i was the only westerner in the carriage and within the first few hours many people approached wanting to look at me and try and speak with me - using Juliana as the interpreter! One girl even asked Juliana if she could practice her English with me, then also requested she stay away as she is shy talking in front of other people! That didnt go down too well :) All in all, the people were very friendly and i even brought out my newly acquired 'Russian for Beginners' book, learning several words and phrases and learning to read in Russian.

Arriving in Yekaterinburg, smelly, tired and hungry, we headed for the Bolshoy Ural Hotel. Upon arrival we were told that all double rooms were booked, but singles were available (we had tried to ring many times from Moscow to book but reception never answered). A bit annoyed at the extra cost we filled in our forms that were required for us to stay and handed them in. The lovely receptionist then told us, that in the 2 minutes it had taken us, 2 other people had taken these rooms! To say the least i was rather furious. She didnt help matters when she said they had deluxe doubles available for 6 times the price..... hmm could she tell i was a westerner by any chance! We decided to get the hell out of there and stayed in Hotel Sverdlovsk instead.

That afternoon we headed to Ganina Yama, which is the site where the Romanovs (last Tsar and his family) bodies were dumped after their brutal execution, which sparked the Russian revolutions of 1918 and eventually led to Communism taking a grip on the country.

Today, a monastery occupies the area, set in amongst a small wood. There are several small churches built solely from wood with no nails used at all. It is a really tranquil area to walk around and reflect on how these events not only changed the face of Russia, but the whole World.

The following day we visited the actual site where the executions took place - there is now a church built on the spot. We also looked around the town at the main points of interest, such as the Afghanistan War Memorial and a few different churches, before catching an afternoon train, east once more, this time entering Siberia...

Deats says:
Not bad :) Thanks for following it!
Posted on: Apr 12, 2009
Travelbuddys says:
Great trip isn't it??
Posted on: Apr 11, 2009
Deats says:
Yes, its also interesting that the Romanovs were sainted afterwards, even though at the time of their murder, the general opinion of them was extremely low
Posted on: Oct 29, 2006
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