From Blagavations to Free


At Blagavations we ran into a couple of friendly local bikers. Mikhail spoke good English and before we left his friend ducked off to fetch us gifts. A commemorative coin and a bag full of tea and sweets. Thanks very much guys!

In the evening we stayed in our first guestinitza in Svbodniy. The bikes caused quite a commotion parked outside, quickly attracting a lot of attention. The usual questions were answered, people looking surprised all round. A nice lady called Natasha asked us in English if we needed help.

We were fine apart from wanting to eat, so I asked if she knew a good restaurant. We ended up having dinner with Natasha, her friend (also Natasha) and husband Artyu. I’d put the cryllic spellings but it takes ages to do! A great Chinese meal in a place we’d never have found otherwise. Thanks for being so welcoming guys.

Natasha explained that Своьодный means Free, which I knew from my Russian studies. What I didn’t know was that the place used to be called Alexander, after the Tzar prince Alexander. After the revolution they renamed it Free. Her we are at the restaurant.

About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

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