On this persevering with sequence, we cowl my transfer from San Diego to Chita, Siberia to be a professor at Chita State Technical College. We choose up the story outdoors the airport in Khabarovsk, Russia.
Khabarovsk is an incredible metropolis. Museums with works from Picasso, Rembrandt and different masters. A bustling downtown space with cafes, a full of life music scene and architectural triumphs. Then once more, perhaps not. We had been much more fascinated by discovering a resort with sizzling water and by no means ventured into town.
Outdoors of the airport, we had been a bit flummoxed by the very fact there seemed to be no taxis. We shortly discovered that virtually any Russian with a automobile can also be a taxi for rent. After 5 minutes of egging one another on, Grae made taxi preparations and we had been off. Apparently taking in out matted look after three days of touring, our driver prompt the Intourist resort. We readily agreed.
Throughout communism, Intourist resorts had been arrange for unique use by foreigners. Ours was pretty good and, importantly, had showers with copious quantities of sizzling water. You may see an image at http://www.lodging.ru/resorts/intouristkhab.asp. After having returned to humanity with probably the greatest showers of my life, it was time to brush up on my Russian expertise.
I’m an enormous fan of ice hockey. In the course of the eighties and nineties, most of the greatest gamers had been Russians. In interviews, they virtually at all times talked about studying English by watching tv. If it labored for them, it will work for me. Not precisely.
As Grae showered, I flipped by the eight accessible channels. Sitcoms had been a non-starter, however I ultimately discovered a information channel. I see the pictures. I do know what the pictures are. I hear the phrases being spoken by the reporters. I’ve completely no thought of what phrases go together with what photographs. Okay, let’s again up. What phrases do they use time and again? Rattling, have they got to speak so quick? After 30 minutes, I’ve discovered nothing, nada, zippo. My respect for Russians enjoying within the NHL has by no means been increased.
May as properly sleep on it. Sure, day three of the journey was lastly achieved. My authentic prediction of a 2-day journey was out the window. Nonetheless, we had been in Russia, so how for much longer may it take? Pull out a map and try the nation. It’s twice the scale of the U.S.
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