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I haven't posted for a while for a whole host of reasons but I now have to time to do so. So, to begin!
First of all, I would like to say thank you to Serghei Pakhamoff; serp2000), for taking time out from his work and family to show me the city of Perm, close to his hometown of Krasnokamsk. I'm pretty certain that this is a part of Russia that only a relatively small number of non-Russians visit. Hence it was a privilege for me as well as enlightening for me in terms of my knowledge about Russia, a place I had never visited before.

Indeed, such was the uniqueness of my visit that, thanks to Serghei, my visit was recorded in the local press with the title "Englishman in... Perm". The implication being; not New York.

You can see/read the article here.

On my first day there, I noticed just how bad the roads were. They were so full of pot holes that Serghei had to take detours around them at times with the car often travelling on the opposite side of the road. A straightforward car journey was, compared to the same sort of journey back home, uncomfortable and hazardous. In the UK I am sure that some of the roads would have been closed off as unsafe, not to mention the way in which people were consequently forced to drive. But this was the same for everyone. I asked Serghei, with my naive, UK mindset, "why are the roads so bad?". He answered simply, "Corruption". Oh, and the extremes of the cold weather, which contracts and expands the road surfaces at various times in the year, breaking the surface down.

So, before this turns into an essay about Perm in general, which it could easily do, I will post my first image of Perm. It is one of the better roads, though one I will remember since it is where the opticians was situated. I broke my glasses and needed to get some new ones. Serghei documented this process in the newspaper article above! Thanks, mate!

Oh, yes, as I remember it, Serghei showed me an image of his car which he parked up only to return with the front wheel having collapsed into a sink hole that randomly appeared in the road. So, if you like driving cars, in a fairly straight line and reasonably fast on every road you travel down, perhaps Perm is not the best place to visit with that in mind!

Enjoy.

P.S what a welcome back - my first image in a while and the site is still plagued by technical issues that are rendering the resolution of my image useless in some way, it may be better if you open it in larger window in some way. TE Beta or even download it.

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