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Day 32: Novgorod to Dno

Novgorod, USSR 
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Ranenko directs the crayfish.
Michael Palin - Pole to PoleEdward Ranenko was right about one thing: considering the prodigious amount of samogon I consumed I have a remarkably clear head. But my stomach is not happy and I've been bitten to pieces by vodka-loving mosquitoes. Reduced to a room the size of a samovar I suffer further indignity when the basin I lean heavily on in the bathroom proves not to be attached to any other part of the bathroom. It turns a half-somersault into my arms which gives me such a shock that I quite forget what I wanted it for. After yesterday's jollity and exuberance, this morning is a let-down. Even the Deputy Prime Minister has come and gone by the time I get up.

With its history, its handsome buildings and two hundred small churches one might expect Novgorod to be rather proud of itself. But there seems to be not even a postcard in sight. I'm directed to the souvenir shop which bears a hopeful sign, 'Open, 9 till 6'. The door is locked and barred though it's 10.15 in the morning. I give up and prepare myself for the twinning ceremony. This involves taking a couple of Arret capsules to make sure my bowels behave, and giving a little thought to the virtues of civic togetherness.
Novgorod, USSR 
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Ranenko, and friends, eat the crayfish.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Pole to Pole
  • Day: 32
  • Country/sea: USSR
  • Place: Novgorod
  • Book page no: 69

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