Real Russia

Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Got off in Perm at 5am so headed into the town to try and find out the best way to get to Kungur as I had been told the that the train went from the old station but after a while and a bit reaserch discovered that it did infact attually go from Perm II station so I headed back there. The main reason I stopped here was because I want to go to the very unvisited ice caves, get some cramptons on, and do some ice climbing.


It turned out that when we attually arrived in Kungur after the 2 and a half hour journey on the train that the caves wernt as good as they looked and it wasnt possible to do any climbing. They were still really interesting and would be even more so if the guide we had spoke any English but I don think anyone in thw whole town spoke a word. In a way this was nice as I got to experience a real Russian town that had not seen many tourists and was not European Russia like Moscow and St Petersberg

After the cave we climbed up a huge snow covered hill and went for a walk around the hills and though a pine forest following what looked alot like bear tracks. In the evening we walked down in to the town...if you can even class it as that, it only had one shop and on restuarant on the main street which we headed too for some traditional russian food. We had borsh for starters (which it like a soup, with vegtables and alot of beetrot, i think) then all just went for a pot luck guess on the menu as inevitably no one spoke any language apart from Russian. We also met a huge Russian guy who was trying unsucessfully to help us pick something one the menu, but we invited him to join us anyway.


The next day I discovered that there was a little shed out the back of the hostel that hired ice skates, snow boards and skis!! Having not snowboarded before I was rather excited and hired a snow board straight away. Looking at the mountain it was quite daunting for a first time snowbaorder as it was steep. I headed to the lift which I sure was made in the early 1900's as I was just a big cog conected to a steel wire that Im sure if you slipped into, you would face certain death or mutilation! The lift turned out to attually be harder than coming down the mountain, you just had to attach the metal hook to the wire then get dragged up the mountain, trying to steer away from the metal poles (i think it was hard because it was designed for skiers)

Once I had got use to the lift I was away, loved snow boarding and found it really easy, I was flying down the mountain. The guy I was with said that we were really lucky to be snowing on fresh power snow and that people pay alot of money to do so around the world ad some even get helicopters to do so, I was paying about 2 pounds for the day!!! Love it!
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Stalagmite Hostel

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