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Day 9

Gidday - The Boys

sunny -12 °C
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An early morning soak in the bath to plan the day. Let’s go dog sledding I suggest. Lucky without any pre booking our lovely reception girl speaks beautiful English and sends us in the right direction. After a hearty breakie we plan to meet back at 11.00 for our $3.00 taxi ride to the dogs.

A stroll up the street and low and behold I hear a male voice say “gidday”. It’s the English boys and Denmark from the train, they too are dog sledding.

Due to the enormous language barrier we go for the longer ride and mistakingly only pay for the short ride, ‘twas freezing, exhilarating and challenging. Lyn leaves her much needed right hand glove in the taxi. No official injuries to report of other than some Voltarin for the renewed neck pain.

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We now seem to be following the boys or they are stalking us but I guess it’s the slow tourist season so we keep bumping into each other. They have a lovely guide (Maria) taking them around so we ride their coat tails and plan to meet up at 4.15 for the local ferry over to a tiny almost abandoned town Port Bakail, an unused rail line part of the old Trans Siberian rail line.

Like two old ladies we both take a fall simultaneously, Laurence and Henry run to our aid and assist us to regain an upright position. No problem they are good young men, just stay on the soft snow is the new advice.

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Our vodka sits outside on our verandah in preparation for a sip tonight, on ice please.

An amazing trip with the locals taking the ferry to transport supplies for this rugged existence. They are confused that we should want to visit in winter, it’s such a unique experience. We have well and truly bonded with England, Denmark and Russia.

What a trip, we are blown away.

Oh and to make it even more perfect we enjoy an a la carte meal for dinner in the restaurant that also knocks our socks off, simple, delicious and affordable. 899760A3-097F-4AD5-BB7A-721CCFE5656D.jpeg

Unfortunately we are sent a photo of our new friends enjoying their sauna sipping tea, how very English.

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We love Russia. I almost forgot to mention that three Russian ladies came into the cafe at lunch time and when they discovered in their non English speaking manner that we were Australian, hugged me. So many moments in time. They could possibly have had too many lunch time vodkas.

Posted by DebandLyn 07:03 Archived in Russia

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