Tryng to remember all the exciting things we have done, and all those funny occasions that have hapened!.
Remember in Moscow trying to read a menu which also had translations into English, but think Russia is a nbit behind with the tourist trade- what do you think 'wild language' would be if you ordered it?
It was tongue! we didnt order it, we played safe with Borch soup (beetroot) and Strogonoff, all good!
Red square in Moscow was smaller than we though it would be, and part of it on a hill. They were working on the centre of it so walked all around it. Inside the Kremlin was one of the most interesting places we had visited, seeing all the stete treasures, and as a bonus we were entertained by an Army band performing in tne kremlin square with a 'new routine' It was fantastic, resembling a performance more akin to 'The Full Monty' (hope you saw the film)
The main square in St. Petersburg was huge in comparison, and the army were practicing for Victory day celebrations with goose stepping and bands playing (not the full monty!).
On our first 4 days/ 4 nights of the train journey we taught our group our usual game for such occasions. We demolished a bottle of Champagne (provided by our wonderful Mongolian guide) She even made us cheese and crackers!. This was to celebrate crossing the line from Europe into Asia. It was still another 5 days before we actually arrived in Mongolia, but Eastern Russia is classed as Asia, the rest being Eastern Europe.
We have had dry sunny weather the whole trip so far, The rivers in St petersburg full of Ice flows. On the Train through Siberia we woke up to snow, which continued through to Irkust. On arrival at Lake Baikal the snow had gone but where the river flows from the lake there was a solid line of ice because of the frozen lake.
Our group hired a Hovercraft for an hour, where we went speeding over the frozen lake, going off over thr frozen edge of the lake into the river. Got out to take pictures of us with the white mountains in the distance, then whizzed back to town doind spins to make you dizzy!! glad we hadn't eaten luch before that!. Yes as you can guess we rounded it off with more dumplings, local dried fish from the lake (they were ice fishing!) and fresh bread from the market. All washed down of course with the local Russian beer ! (Vodka comes later!)
all for now, must dash again to get a taxi back to hotel, just to get ready for yet another meal !