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Bo 'n' Louise

A blog about one of our trips

The unprepared round-the-world tour starting 29th of June 2009.
First phase was from USA to South America on motorcycles. We made it, and the bikes are sold.
Second phase was the South Pacific... from island to island in old fashion backpacker style.
Third phase was around and around in Southeast Asia.
In fourth phase Louise went back to Denmark (August 2010) for work, while Bo continued in East Asia.
In fifth phase we were both on work, Louise in South America and Bo in Southeast Asia.
In the sixth phase Louise was in Denmark while Bo was making his way home through Russia.
By November 2010 both Louise and Bo were back in Denmark and an amazing journey has ended - but then there is always the next trip :-)

Moscow

Russia (Bo) Posted on Sat, November 27, 2010 09:41:31

A few tourist snap shots from Moscow – if you rather look at “real pictures” check this out.

Just arrived with the Trans-Siberian train to Moscow.

Saw the Red Square and the pickled body of Lenin, very Sovietish.

The Russian can be very modern, here Starbucks.

While there still are wonderful markets, where old ladies still sell things that would normally be considered unsellable.

Dosvedanya from Russia, such a great place to travel.



My train acquaintances

Russia (Bo) Posted on Mon, November 08, 2010 11:14:56

This is from my first leg on the Trans-Siberian journey from Vladivostok to Irkutsk – three days on a train with mad Russians.

The last (or in my case, the first) kilometer stone on the Trans-Siberian journey: 9288 km to Moscow.

My provodnitsa (carriage conductor) who warmed up a bit in the end.

I had ordered (on the web) the luxury 2-class ticket, which included meals… actually not that bad.

Otherwise the train stopped every couple of hours, where it was possible to buy… well, next to nothing.

My two roomies; Palev (military guy with gold teeth and camouflage clothes) and mr Trouble, Sergei. Sergei managed to dig out vodka bottles from his bag and then find trouble – which the next picture shows. His first gesture to me was a flick on his throat which I then figured out meant “let’s drink vodka”.

Oh boy, Natasha. Well, actually Olga to the left and classy Natasha to the right. Boy, where to begin. Olga was the ordinary service lady who rolled by with her little wagon full of drinks and snack. Natasha, on the other hand, also sold drinks. She only had three beers in her basket, but she apparently also sold other services. It was Sergei, who though we needed some company and invited her into our compartment. Palev and I then witnessed, as flies on a wall, the art of Russian-mating-rituals. Apparently they never agreed to the terms, for nothing came out it besides embarrassing fumbling and not-so-lady-like moves by Natasha (sucking on a sausage and stealing my tea bags????). She did manage to offer herself to me (which I politely declined), before taking off and leaving us to our vodka bottles.



Classy Russia

Russia (Bo) Posted on Wed, November 03, 2010 08:56:59

It is fucking cold in Russia… nobody told me!!!

For once I have done my homework regarding booking accommodation and transport, so this time I only need to enjoy the classy life of Russia.

The bus from the airport to Vladivostok city.

My first impressions was elegance. Gold teeth wearing taxi drivers and hooker dressed Russian ladies. I saw three ladies standing at the side of the road on our way in to Vladivostok city. My first dirty thought was of course “hookers” because of their tight and head-turning outfits, but then I reminded myself that Russian ladies just like to dress up smart, and I should let go of my prejudices. Until I realized that these actually were highway hookers.

And the men… they all look like polytechnic students who have been passed a Jack & Jones in a rush.

Siberia looks very much like Denmark on a spring day.

The neighborhood of my hostel in Vladivostok.

The actually hostel is just an apartment in a normal residential block. This is the door.