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Alex and Christina's honey moon
Russia - Siberia - The Altay
24th August 2004 to 12th September 2004

 

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Day 8: We returned on our horses to the Mulíta Settlement through the rain. Alexei went ahead to arrange for someone to meet us with a van. It was very slippery for the horses while we went along the rocky shore of the lake. We had to dismount at one point and lead our horses down a steep part of the path that would have been too dangerous to ride down. We went so slowly that our car came to find us along the track instead of meeting us where we should have returned the horses. We put all our bags into the van and the horses went home without us. Then we drove back to the hotel in Ustí-Koksa. We were really pleased to get back to a flushing toilet. This was farewell to Alexei and Tatiana and time to meet our guide for the remainder of our tour, Nikolai, and the new cook, Elena. Elena cooked our meal in the hotel that evening and she helped Nikolai sing a song for Rebecca. Instead of Happy Birthday, they sang a song about a blue helicopter that brought gifts to well behaved children on their birthdays. The hotel was one half of someoneís house, they lived in one side and the guests came and stayed in the other. It struck us later that this was very much like the Old Believers house that we had visited in Verkhny Uimon and must have been very traditional for the region.

 

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