|Posted by alexandraeverist on July 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM|
The organization of this tour has had its deficiencies, to say the least. I continually hear the message that the itinerary had a disclaimer “subject to change”. But the “subject to change” seems to be the norm not the anomaly. The night spent in the abandoned town was a case in point. The day was spent rummaging through the town looking for 10 year old artifacts. Cathryn and I spent some time looking through the school. We round many areas in the buildings where people had stayed after the power and water had been turned off. Piles of human excrement covered the floors which attested to that fact.
I would have thought the primary interest of the organizers would have been to search out a suitable dwelling and have it made presentable for the members of the tour. Needless to say, as the day wore on, there was no suggestion that a suitable place had been identified. The majority of the group decided to go to a nearby dormitory. Even this was a haphazard attempt at organization. The dormitory only allowed males and the women had to be satisfied with an apartment at an exorbitant personal price. This was not thought of too highly by some female members of the group and I don’t blame them.
Of course, you all know me. I am never one to accept defeat. So I decided to stay. Despite the cold, I did actually sleep but with an enormous hangover. I am definitely not used to Russian vodka.