The birthday was a nice mixture of drinking on the streets, sightseeing and getting totally drunk at Cechmans place. The beer here tastes really good but definitely is something what we would call “headache brew” in Germany. On sunday I was totally destroyed, with an headache so worse I haven’t had since a couple of years. But Russians are friendly and know a receipt against that: more beer. In the evening we met with a journalist who’s doing a tv documentary about the countercultural scene in Russia for what he needed an interview with Ukrop, too. The beer we had during this was on his bill so I felt already a little bit better when we came to the flat of Ukrops friends where a nice party with a couple of people was going on. The guys in the Apartment were a great, funny and interesting company so we stayed there for two days I got a lot of practical tips about hitchhiking in Siberia and some useful telephone numbers even if my mobile is not working at the moment (somehow in a very sleepy condition I dropped it accidentially in a glass of water which was standing beside my bed on the ground) but I’ll get a new one this evening from Ukrops Dad.
Yeah, so my days in Moscow are almost numbered. Tomorrow in the morning I will start to hitchhike to Irkutsk. People told me here that it will probably take 8 to 10 days and I don’t know if I will have the possibility for internet access along the way so it might take some time until you will read the next post. But I’m pretty sure that you will be able to read some very interesting anecdotes from a 5000km journey on russian countryroads
I still don’t have a mongolian visa. I will apply for it in Irkutsk. But I found a way to get a free invitation to Mongolia so that really shouldn’t be a problem anymore.