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Interviews, water and an amazing shop

16th August 2010 by Helen

Saturday 31st July

After a late start we hit the more touristy region of the Altai, evidenced not just by the rows and rows of souvenir stalls selling silly and not so silly hats, beach toys, and such like, but also the Bavarian style restaurant with artificial water wheel and artificial fountain outside.

After brunch at aforementioned restaurant we headed on out again, looking for opportunities to fill our on board water tank, and, seeing some people filling water bottles from a spring we stopped to see if the water was good.  A filtration plant next to it suggested it was and we were able to completely fill our water tank with safe, clean, drinking water.  In the meantime, a young man and woman stopped to speak to us.  He turned out to be a freelance professional photographer and journalist and we were interviewed in a combination of bits of Russian and English and had our photo taken.  Somewhere we may be on a Russian internet site and even in print.  We’re hoping he will email us with the link, in which case we will add it to the site.

We have found that our table, stored in the rear seating area, has caused some damage to some wiring and so are now strapping it to the roof.  This is inconvenient to say the least.  This was one of our unresolved problems before we left the UK and now we have to resolve it.  Paul has been looking out for some lengths of angled aluminium to make some better storage under the roof rack.  None to be found anywhere.  Then just as we were passing through a village I saw a sign for a shop that appeared to sell at least screws.  Stopping, we found they also sold some angled fittings, that although not what Paul wanted originally, but can be used to do the job.

An amazing shop, He had only been open for five days when we called in and was still unpacking some of his stock.  Everything was laid out neatly and he had virtually every size of screw, nut, bolt, fitting and whatnot, there is going.  A real specialist shop if ever there was one and Paul was entranced.  I really hope he does well in his business.  Before we left he gave us a signed copy of a book he has written.  It’s all in Russian, so now I have something to work on to practice my translation skills (when I’ve finished the somewhat easier children’s book, Ali Baba, which I bought in Almaty for that purpose).

Campsite – wild camping by a river in the Altai region of Russia

Distance travelled 135 km

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