This says "Russia" in Russian. Reading Russian is a bit like cracking a secret code.
The Russian Odyssey
I’d always wanted to travel by Trans Siberian Rail too and thought
There were yummy bakeries and coffee shops as well. The coffee shop we visited was also a flower shop and the iced coffees were delicious. The next day was just as beautiful, so we fed squirrels in a nature reserve near the city and wandered along by the river. All very idyllic until we were terrorised by a large and savage dog that was thankfully attached to one of the houses.
It is sacred to both the Buddhists and the traditional shamanistic worshippers. The colourful strips of cloth on trees and stumps reminded me of Mongolia. This is not surprising given that the Buriyati who live in this area are descended from the Mongols. Rather than join Chinggis Khaan in his battles, they fled to the forests of Siberia where they still live a simple life based mainly on raising cows which supply almost all their needs, even alcohol, though the recipe is a family secret!.
"This says Grand Hotel Europa Hotel, 5 stars."
Thanks for all your help team!