|Iain happy to see the 'you're leaving Zlatoust' sign|
The next morning was exciting because we were off again into the unknown. The early morning was very hot but that was not to be the case for the remainder of the day. Gradually we put more clothes on to keep warm and then the waterproofs. The temperature was down to about 13C which coming from the UK is not that cold but when you’ve been used to high 20’s and low 30’s, it was cold. By the time we arrived at that nights stop, the rain had stopped but my teeth were chattering!
We had been in contact with Craig and Sharon from Australia through Horizons Unlimited and had arranged to meet them in Barnaul. They are heading to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia as well so we would travel with them for a bit. On the way back from having tea, we met a couple of lads, Kanat and Jacob, who had heard us speak English and stopped for a chat. Kanat is from Kazakhstan and Jacob from Barnaul and they are both 4 years into a 6 year course, studying to become doctors. The next day Iain met Andre and Alex, a German couple travelling on motorbikes. They have been on the road for over 2 years and it was great to listen to their stories. We arranged to meet them in the local ‘bikers bar’. What a place! It’s great. Everything is made out of bits of bikes and bike related stuff. We all enjoyed a great evening and Iain and Andre ended up drinking vodka and playing pool with some locals. Barnaul is a lovely city and the locals we have met have all been very friendly and although initially most of them tell you they can’t speak any English, some of them can. Once they hear us making a fool of ourselves trying to speak Russian, they are more at ease and more willing to try their English out.