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Coffee a Russian Train and Some Thinking’s…

I was thinking this morning about the train that I will be traveling on to Kiev. I am a creature of habit and like the same place to sit in the train when I go. I like and prefer the last car on the train. I like to go to the back door and look at the world speed away at a furious pace. I have never used the dinning car and I dislike sitting with other people…

If you look at the diagram above you will see numbers from 1 to 54 in red boxes. Those are seat numbers. Odd numbers are lower seats. I try to get 53 as my first choice of seat then second choice of seat is 51. If the train I pick does not have those choices then I chose another train. Sveta does not understand why I want those seats because they are on the side of the train and are almost always empty when going to and from Kiev…

But since I have traveled for years now to Kiev every few months. I have acquired what suits me and those seats suit me… :)

I do not like to fly to Kiev and even though I would prefer to drive to Kiev, it takes too long to get there. So the train is a balanced travel arrangement that just works for my situation. It also is by far the cheapest way to travel. It costs about $30 American dollars to go to Kiev and $20 American dollars to come back. Besides you never know who you will meet on the train…

As I leave today on my excursion to Kiev. Sveta and Boza will stay behind. It is sad to leave them and they always look so forlorn as I leave. But hopefully I will have a short visa run and will be home by Monday at the latest. I will have the EeePC and will post articles while I am gone. (hopefully)…

This will also be the last visa run for awhile because I am getting a year visa with multiple entries this time. Sveta an I plan on leaving several times on some interesting trips this next year and I have to be able to come and go from Russia more than once or twice…

Stay tuned and in the next few days I will have updates on what is happening in Kiev, Ukraine…

Kyle
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Russia

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Russians and Their Housing…

Russians and Their Housing…
Coming Down to EarthNovoye Stupino satellite town construction launchedBy
Tai Adelaja
Russia Profile07/25/2011Despite what sometimes seems like a passionate pride in their cramped and crowded tower blocks, most Russians quietly dream of life in a low-rise, single-family home. And they may be getting closer to realizing that dream as politicians here ramp up their pre-election rhetoric with more promises of social spending ahead of crucial parliamentary elections set to take place in December this year. “People are fed up with high-rise condominium buildings springing up everywhere,” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told a televised meeting on low-rise housing construction on Friday. “Most Russians would like to live in low-rise homes,” Putin said, citing public opinion polls. “Overall, low-rise housing is one of the government’s priorities and it will receive considerable backing, first of all, [through] funding.” Read More

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Russia

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Interesting News Tidbits From Russia… (7/25/2011)

A while back a Russian newspaper made a false statement about former Moscow Mayor Yury and he got mad and sued. Well he won, not a lot of money but he won the principle of the matter. Check your sources before you decide to call it fact…

Former Moscow mayor wins damages from newspaper:
Moscow’s Savelovsky Court awarded damages of 20,000 rubles ($715) to former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov on Monday after he won a case against Russian newspaper Tvoi Dyen, and its owner News Media…

I thought that was interesting and only correct. It is a fact that ex-mayor YTuri did not have property in Abkhazia…

Then we are winding down on the investigation on the Volga riverboat incident…

Final death toll rises to 122 as last bodies recovered from cruise ship:
The final death toll from the sinking of a Russian cruise vessel on the Volga river was confirmed at 122 on Monday after rescuers found the last two bodies that had been missing following the tragedy…

That was a sad happening and lots of children died in this tragic accident. They are saying that the Captain who went down with his ship was trying desperately to reach a shllow area of the river and ground the boat. They say he was 40 meters from grounding the stricken boat and saving many lives… :(

Just too many people dieing right now from just too much stupidity. Lets look at the political and energy section of Russia, it seems that Gazprom has a plan to help the Korea’s with energy and make North Korea’s use of nuclear energy defunct as a sound reason to implement…

Russian Gazprom may reconcile two Korea’s:
Russian gas giant Gazprom is preparing a project on gas supplies to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that will be implemented if Pyongyang winds up its nuclear program…

Lets hope that Gazprom plan can be of use to the Korea’s…

This was surprising! At least to me, because I see Russian police all the time. I have to wonder about the performance reviews that were conducted. 90% – Hummm…

Over 90 pct of Russian police pass performance review – interior minister:
Over 90 percent of Russian police have passed their performance review as part of the ongoing police reform, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said on Sunday…

Lets end this with an interesting nature story:

Single swan father hatches offspring all by himself:
An amazing story of love and fidelity has taken place in southern Russia, where a male widower swan has unexpectedly managed to hatch baby swans after his partner was killed by a stray dog…

That is a good daddy and now all he needs to do is find another mate for next year. But that is not easy to do because he is a rare black swan from Australia…

Hope that sparked a little interest in you today. It gives you some idea of what is happening in Russia…

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Russia

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