Siberian Adventures: Hello, Irkutsk

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January 17, 2009. Sixth day on the road. Irkutsk was a matter of another day on the road now, and there was no need for us to hurry. It was 3:00 o’clock in the morning when Volodya, the driver, decided to pull over by the road police station to sleep. Both of us were very tired and needed some rest. … Continue reading “Siberian Adventures: Hello, Irkutsk”


Siberian Adventures: Black Crows

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January 16, 2009. Andrey had barely started the engine when I got my next lift from a truck driver heading to Tomsk. Vova, the new driver, was very interested in hitchhiking, he kept asking questions and I shared my hitchhiking experience with him. What always makes me smile is that almost every driver who picks you up asks the same … Continue reading “Siberian Adventures: Black Crows”


Siberian Adventures: Back to Origins

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Our last night’s adventures had their effect on us. We were tired and needed a good rest. And the accident was a good excuse to sleep longer than we intended, so we woke up around noon only. Andrey said there’s something strange with the car and he needed to check everything, so I had time to take shower and finish … Continue reading “Siberian Adventures: Back to Origins”


Siberian Adventures: Night Accident

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The night in the Ural mountains was peaceful. There were no cars on the road, and after walking for 10-15 minutes I just sat on the snow to drink a cup of tea. Somewhere far ahead I could hear dogs barking loudly. The snow was slowly falling down from the dark sky, and I had this strange feeling that I … Continue reading “Siberian Adventures: Night Accident”


Siberian Adventures: On the Road to Ural Mountains

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January 13, 2009. My second day on the road from Moscow to Irkutsk. Around 7:30 AM I was woken up by some strange screams in the cabin of the van. It took me several minutes to realize that what I mistook for a quarrel was actually an audio version of the first part of “The Pirates of the Caribbean”. Fyodor, … Continue reading “Siberian Adventures: On the Road to Ural Mountains”