Great American adventures in Siberia

I simply cannot express how wonderful of a tour guide Natalia is. First, she was so welcoming and so helpful with information and planning our tour of Krasnoyarsk before we even arrived. She was in constant contact with me through wechat (a Chinese messaging app that not many people have outside of China, I was surprised by this!) and kept helping my friends and I plan what we wanted to do. It wasn’t easy either because we only had 11 hours in Krasnoyarsk! But Natalia went above and beyond in helping us pack our day full of everything we wanted to do.
After she met us at the train station, she took us around in her car all over the city giving us a great overview of the history, culture, and geography of Kras and Siberia in general. She included just the right amount of highlights, information, history, and funny stories to make it informative and fun.
Then in the afternoon, she introduced us to her friend Maxim who gives the 4×4 tour. She translated for us while Maxim gave us a tour of a WWII site on an island (sorry I can’t remember the name of the island). The area was beautiful and the tour was full of information on the cooperation between the US and Russia during WWII (my friends and I are Americans and are really interested in WWII history, so this was excellent for us).
Maxim has a great sense of humour and was cracking jokes with us the whole time we were driving around. It was fun, but Natalia really flexed her Language muscles translating all our jokes and comments, thanks, Natalia! In the middle of the island tour, we got to see the big wooden pole that is part of the traditional spring festival. If I understand, it is mostly for young men to show off their climbing prowess by stripping to their boxers and shimmying up to the top. I’m not sure, but it looked like it was nearly 10m tall! My buddy couldn’t resist and so we have some great pictures of him in his boxers making his way up the pole. Then we went to see actual military tents, tanks, and armoured personnel carriers! Apparently, during the summer you can actually drive these giant beasts around the island! There is also elaborate paintball course there as well. I will definitely have to come back in the summer 😀
Maxim then took us to the river shore where we went for a swim! I don’t know if Maxim said we should swim as a joke or if he was serious, but my favourite line after my buddy and I started stripping down to jump in was from Natalia: “I’ll translate, but I do not agree!” So, we now have a pretty great video of the two of us, naked, in the middle of February, splashing into the river!
We had originally planned to end the tour there, but then Natalia and Maxim insisted we go to the Banya to warm up, relax, and eat barbecue! This was so much more than we ever asked for. It was amazing! Thanks so much to Natalia and her friend Maxim for such an awesome tour, on such a short schedule, and for such a great price! We love Krasnoyarsk!
David Weldon, USA, February 2018

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