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Travelogue Russia
Submitted by roxy on 2007-02-22 07:52:02 (via
By only reading this article one can make an idea of what Russia indeed is. Usually, what first comes to mind when thinking of Russia are the famous babushkas and vodka. But they are far not all, and Russians can be surely the winners of the world in making lines:).
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-08-13 13:12:58
I'm not from Russia. I visited there just for one day. We were in Vladivodstock, which is on the west coastline of Russia, north of the main island of Honshu in Japan. So my impressions are of a one day visitor. Vladivodstock has been somewhat neglected by the central regime, because it is farther out. It is a port city and the Soviet navy has ships there and a ship repair yard. The young people were blonde and tall and straight and very happy to speak with outsiders. The elderly "babushkas" I saw were digging through the dumpsters. The stores i entered had little in the way of goods to buy and were stark and old.
The old buildings of stone were beautiful, but also neglected and breaking down. This was the city, by the way, where Yul Brynner, the actor (played the original king in the original "The King & I" film) grew up. He was Eurasian.
The guides were still Party people and uninterested in religion, but I was able to pass out about ten New Testaments, and most of the people (barring our guides) were happy to receive them.
The military watched our tour group carefully. My husband and I wandered out of the small museum to see the town a bit, and we ended up in an ally behind the buildings, where people live. It was extremely poor and run down. The military men followed us in their jeep (discreetly), so they could keep us in sight.
This insured we weren't spies looking for an assignation and also insured that we wouldn't be hurt by those who were poor and desperate.
The only store seemed to cater to tourists--it was the government store--we could buy nesting dolls, amber, lacquer boxes, and fur hats.
Hope this helps.
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