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Arriving in Ulanude

Posted by alexandraeverist on July 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Ulan Ude

My first experience in Ulan Ude was not pleasant. As I got off the train with my backpack in hand, a man grabbed it from me and started showing me the way off the platform. I tried to get my bag back but he insisted. As we reached the other side of the platform, he demanded money. I said “Niet”, I never asked you to carry my bag, and I walked off. During the tour, Webster often asked to help me with my bags. I was adamant that despite my injury I would not be a deriment to the group. After continually telling Webster “No”, we finally agreed that I would let him know if and when I needed help.

MY 2ND EXPERIENCE IN Ulan Ude was equally unpleasant. I refusedmto take the taxi driver the first man tried to set me up with. I went out to look at a map to orient myself. Another taxi driver offered to drive me and I showed him on the map where I was going. He ended up taking a long way around and eventually left me at a place I had no idea of. But the time I realized I was in the wrong pkace, he was gone. SOMEONE SHOWED ME HOW TO WALK TO THE HOSTEL WHICH WAS ABOUT AS FARMAS IF I HQD WALKED IN THE FIRST PLACE. I realize I stick out as a tourist even before I open my mouth.

 

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