Curated Expeditions

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First official invitation arrived!

On Thursday, 27th June Agnes received, as a first member of the expedition, her official invitation from Novosibirsk. This invitation is formulated by the Zoo of Novosibirsk and confirmed by Russian Interior Ministry, so, it is very important paper! With that document all the expeditioners are going to applicate the visa from the Russian Embassies in Germany, Spain and Finland, and, after almost three month´s paperwork, the whole adventure seems to be near to happen. The train tickets are almost fixed as well, and now it seems that our final route will be: Helsinki-Moscow-Novosibirsk and return: Novosibirsk Ekaterinburg-St.Petersburg-Helsinki.

To buy a ticket in Platsekarte – wagon in Russia needs patience and good contacts – or a lot of money. In our case there is not lot of money, so it meant that without Tuuli Hakulinen in St. Petersburg Kymi Travel, to buy the “low-cost” train tickets would have been impossible. To purchase a ticket, someone has to go the the station and wait in a line 2-3 hours and if the ticket you want to buy is not available, an alternative plan has to be done very quick. And the difference in between of different wagons is big – if a Platsekarte -wagon costs 100 euros, the same ticket for a Cupé -wagon (the next price group) costs 300 hundred!

In the article of European Bank it says the following:

Just over 15 years ago, the skies above the Soviet Union were full of passengers – more than 130 million each year – flying across 11 time zones in what amounted to the largest country in the world. Today, fewer than 20 million people fly across those 11 time zones in what is now the Russian Federation. With average monthly wages of $400, flying is not an option for much of the population.

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