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Posted on 2007.03.11 at 18:04
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Siberia from the train.


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A Siberian village. A lot of the houses in Sibera were wooden and elaborately painted with such cheerful colous. Gotta do something to keep your spirits up, I suppose. After they live in a place that is synonymous with dreariness and desolation. I liked it, though. It was a beautiful place.

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An Ortodox church in Irkutsk, the unofficial capital of eastern Siberia.

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The same church.

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Another example of Siberian architecture.

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A different Orthodox church. We took tons of pictures of churches in Russia, so just get used to it. This one was pink, which we found odd.

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The first of many Lenin statues we saw. I stopped taking pictures of them after awhile.

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This was the house of one of the Decembrist revolutionaries who were exiled to Siberia. Doesn't seem like they had it so bad, really. Well, the ones who weren't executed.

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Red and Anarchist Skinheads!!! One example of many bits of anarchist/anti-fascist graffiti we saw in Irkutsk. We didn't stay there long enough to get in touch with any of them, though. Alas!

Comments:


a sudden absence of bees
sabotabby at 2007-03-12 02:29 (UTC) ()
Oh man, Siberia's beautiful. It was initially my intention to go as part of my Russian odyssey, but we would have needed an extra week.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-03-25 15:08 (UTC) ()
You probably would've needed another two weeks! It takes three days by train to get from Moscow to Irkutsk, but it is such a beautiful place.
Christa
oodelally3 at 2007-03-12 04:31 (UTC) ()
I love the "Decembrist" house--gorgeous! More history on that, please. :) And the guy who lived there...

(Dead People's Houses!)
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-03-25 15:12 (UTC) ()
I don't remember who lived there, I'll have to dig that up later. But here's a bit more information on the Decembrists.
goodsnail
goodsnail at 2007-03-12 06:37 (UTC) ()
Wow! the buildings are so brightly decorated. It would seem the brightness of orthadox churches makes them not stand out as much as you think they would. Or am I wrong?
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-03-25 15:13 (UTC) ()
I don't know what you mean. I thought they stood out quite a bit, but they blended well with surrounding buildings, too.
lovableatheist
lovableatheist at 2007-03-13 16:49 (UTC) ()
When I read the part about the Decemberists, I started humming a Decemberists' song. Then, I saw the RASH picture and immediately started humming some Brigada Flores Magon. I prefer the latter.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-03-25 15:13 (UTC) ()
Agreed! I just can't get into the Decembrists.
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