Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk – The most contaminated place on the planet

Chelyabinsk – The most contaminated place on the planet

Chernobyl, Fukushima… Do these places ring a bell? What about Chelyabinsk? Have you ever heard of the place? Elena has, it’s where she was born and where here family still live. In resent years Chelyabinsk has had it’s share of news. In February 2013 the world witnessed a huge meteor slam into the earths atmosphere …

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Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk from the air

Chelyabinsk from the air

Chelyabinsk is nestled into the southern Ural Mountains of Russia and played host to a huge meteor crash on the 15th feb 2013. This is Elena’s home city and these great shots show the city off in spectacular style.  

Chelyabinsk Lost Luggage – Russia

Lost Luggage – Russia

It’s inevitable that at some point in our travels that we will loose our luggage, but had we thought about the way in which we were flying we probably could have saved ourselves the grief . Here’s how the bag went to Azerbaijan and we went to Siberia. Having spent a fantastic time with our Couch Surfing friends in Germany it was time to leave Berlin …

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Chelyabinsk Russia 1997 Romance Blooms

Russia 1997 Romance Blooms

Never drink at high altitude! Flying back from Russia and leaving Elena & Kirill behind was a tough decision but I really had no choice it was not my decision to make. We had to be calm and wait for the Medical Council in London to check all the documents. My two new Russian business men …

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Chelyabinsk Russia 1997 Part 5 – Saying Goodbye

Russia 1997 Part 5 – Saying Goodbye

Homeward bound – “Leaving Elena behind was the hardest decision in my life” Our time in Chelyabinsk was great, meeting with Elena’s grandparents and sisters what I needed to do on this journey to complete the picture that Elena had illustrated so well in the many letters that she had written to me. One thing I wanted to do …

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Chelyabinsk Russia 1997 Part 4 The Trans Siberian Rail

Russia 1997 Part 4 The Trans Siberian Rail

Meet the Parents – The Trans Siberian Rail  Deciding that I still had plenty of time before I had to leave Russia it was about time I met Elena’s Parents and family. I had got to know fragments about these people through the many letters that Elena had written to my over the last 9 …

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