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Sorry, I don't have much time to write this week. :( Here's the proposed route for the Russian road trip. It was purposely drawn to avoid big cities. What do you think? Know any interesting, unusual places in these cities? Or unique people, living or working in an offbeat manner? I love to meet and write about such humans, in my country and others. After this route, I'll return to Moscow and then venture somewhere in Russia by myself for a few days. The two options are Kazan or spending a very short time in Siberia (2 - 3 days), including a ride on the Circum-Baikal Railway. Where do you want me to go - Kazan or Siberia? For foreigners, Siberia is very intriguing and mysterious, and it has always been a dream of mine to see Lake Baikal in winter. But it's soooo far away!

There are many kind bloggers in Kazan who contacted me and offered to show me places in the city and surrounding areas. Thanks for that! Do I have any readers in Irkutsk who are willing to meet, have tea or coffee and show me the city? I promise to bring cookies from the State Department..:))

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j_smirnova
Feb. 11th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hello from Irkutsk :)
Will be glad to see you at the bank of rhe Angara river! But my English is not very good :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hello! Thanks, I will try to contact you if I make it to your city. :)
radonis
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
Kazan is definitely much better after small towns you're planning to visit. Siberia won't go anywhere and won't change fast, so you can visit it any time later. Baikal is gorgeous, but it's across the whole country.
am_i_a_human
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
it's not fair to compare Suzdal or Ples to Kazan. They are all worth visiting. I'd rather do to Suzdal if I had to choose.
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sindzidaisya
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
Cool plans. Wery nice places.

And I think Siberia is better than Kazan. Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, etc.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
I will have such a short time there, it's not possible to explore many cities. I need to be in Russia for over a month, but unfortunately I have work obligations and there is not enough time. Two weeks is the maximum I can stay.
perycalypsis
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:21 pm (UTC)
What cookies ? Oreo !
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, Oreos! Yes, delicious. :)) But what kind? We have so many varieties now in America - original, double stuffed, peanut butter, banana split, neapolitan, cookie dough, mint, lemon...the list is really endless.

 photo oreos_zps07f88278.jpg
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am_i_a_human
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:26 pm (UTC)
The end is hilarious! We'll do absolutely everything for cookies from the State Dpt.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it's necessary to throw humor into a post. :) However, most of the time readers don't understand the joke or take personal offense at it.
genka8
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
There are so many amazing places on this planet and you're going to some second rate industrial cities in Russia.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
Where do you recommend I go in Russia, or just skip this country all together? :)) I admit it's a very unusual travel destination for an American, esp. over and over again each winter like I do.
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naysayer15
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
hmmm just find articles/sites about all these towns on wiki and you will know what landmarks are located there.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
I don't care about standard tourist attractions. I want to find places and people off the beaten path, something unusual to write about in my blog.
yarowind
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
>>Where do you want me to go - Kazan or Siberia?

Winter- to Kazan, summer - to Siberia.

>>What do you think?

It's depends wich seasons you planning you journey.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
Have you been to Kazan? But frozen Baikal is so cool for a winter lover like me. :))
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qi_tronic
Feb. 11th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)
How many days are you going to spend for this route?
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
6 - 7 days. At this point, Sasha and I are used to covering very long distances on road trips in short periods of time. :) In the U.S., Russia and other countries. However, road travels in Russia present different challenges.
pin_gwin
Feb. 11th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
If you will go to Irkutsk, you may try contacting http://egor_13.livejournal.com/ , he is an ornithologist, living in Baikal area and knows it well, I guess, he knows English and may be of some help, he also has a lot of friends there.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
I did not know what an "ornithologist" is. Had to go to the dictionary! :)) Thanks, I will try to write him if I visit this area.
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natasmirnoff
Feb. 11th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
hello, i think you have to see both, Kazan is very special historical city and Siberia it\s great, huge part of Russia,,, maybe to take ticket from Moscow to Vladivostok and yo spend some weeks by travelling thought all Russia.. My Yekaterinburg is very interesting too ))
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hi! :) Unfortunately, I can't take so much time away from work right now. The blog is not my job, just a hobby. It's necessary to have many weeks to fully explore Siberia.
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autumn_rainy
Feb. 11th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
what a plan! have a nice trip, stay safe and warm :)
Siberia is huge though, it's a little funny to read "I want to visit Siberia'... I'd recommend Baikal of course, I heard plane tickets from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk and maybe Irkutsk are pretty cheap now, so you might have enough time to go there
otherwise you might be a little disappointed, it's pretty plain in wintertime - snow snow and more snow
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
"Snow, snow and more snow!" - this is perfect! I like it. :) I need to fly somewhere closer to Baikal, and then take the train for maybe one night. It's too long to ride the train all the way from Moscow. I think it takes three days! Thanks for the well wishes...I'm looking forward to exploring some new Russian cities on this trip.
qui11
Feb. 11th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'd be very happy to show you around Tymen. It's also Siberia.(my husband's cookies stand alone))
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! But you're in a completely different part of Siberia. Far from Irkutsk! :)) Btw, are there very many English speakers in this region of Russia? I believe the answer is no. It will force me to practice my horrible Russian, and turn to the pocket dictionary for translations at all times.
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werter1245
Feb. 11th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
А в Тулу слабо ?
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
I do not know this city. What is interesting to see in Tula?
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ex_juan_gan
Feb. 11th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Pretty impressive actually.

Regarding Siberia, I remember my feeling when I visited in Siberia. Get out of there ASAP. The only feeling. Every time.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 11th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I like these remote hell hole type places. :) In the U.S. and abroad.
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