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.  

Uncategorized Children’s Miniature Railways of Russia

Children’s Miniature Railways of Russia

Visiting Russia in 2012 Elena wanted to show me part of the park she used to play in as a child. Gagarina Park is the largest park in Chelyabinsk and is located at the eastern end of Lenin Prospect, just a shot trolley bus ride from the City Centre.  Discovering the miniature railway, one of the few remaining in the whole of …

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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 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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Russia Lake Turgoyak and Vera Island

Lake Turgoyak and Vera Island

My Sister in Law, Jane had organized perfectly, a days rest in between our rafting on the Ay River and the lake visit we needed and after the events that unfolded getting our lost bags back yesterday, we needed a stress free day. Rising at 6.30am which is normally no effort is getting harder and …

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