Krasnoyarsk, Russia

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I have arrived in Krasnoyarsk, and I finally remembered how to say “Krasnoyarsk” in Russian right before jumping off the train – thanks to a Russian family who persistently repeated the name of this city 10 times so that I could pronounce it, then I repeated with their daughter for another 20 times before it stuck in my head….

After passing Omsk eastward, rest is Russian’s Siberian territory.  I spent a day in Stolby national park near Krasnoyarsk.  With the helps with several Russians, I made my way to see some or the most amazing rocks in the forest in Siberia.  Eventually I met up with a French and two Russians, and four of us got very lost in the forest, thankfully we marked our way and found our way back with my compass.  Needless to say I was extremely exhausted by the end of that day.

The hostel here is probably the cutest hostels I’ve stayed.  Like a lot of other Russian hostels, this one is also located in a residential building.  The owner spent considerable time to paint everything green, from furnitures to toilets, from refrigerator to salt shakers – everything was covered in different shades of green.  Since the owner has a day job, the hostel was pretty much ran by its guests.  We were told where things are and just help ourselves.  I met two Mongolian Rally competitors and, for the first time in my life, learned about Mongolian Rally.  Each year in Britain there is a car rally from Britain to Mongolia.  The competing teams should buy a car that is worth than 1000 pounds, fix it up and drive eastwards to Mongolia.  They could take different routes – many go through middle east, while rest go along roads next to Trans-Siberian railroad.  Those cars who made to Ulan-Bator in Mongolia will donate their cars to non-profit local organizations in Mongolia.  I was told one time someone drove an ambulance and another someone drop a school bus, both made to Mongolia.

However, not everyone in the rally will make it Mongolia.  Since the cars under 1000 British pounds are usually ancient clunkers, breakdowns were unavoidable during their long journey.  On average, 40% of cars will not make to Mongolia each year, and the two rally competitors I met in this hostel were among those 40%.  However, after abandoning their car, they decided to take the railroad and make to Mongolia anyways.  Where to abandon your car would also affect your planning.  There were some middle-eastern countries where car abandonment was illegal.  Cars broke down in those countries usually ran into major troubles with the local governments.

Later on I met quite a few of those Mongolian rally people as I approached Mongolia, I even saw its “Finish” building in Ulan-Bator.

From Krasnoyarsk, Russia, posted by Jenny Zheng on 10/20/2011 (129 items)

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