One Steppe Beyond

One Steppe Beyond

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Travelling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times a€“ but in a dilapidated VDub... thata€™s got to be plain daft... hasna€™t it? A chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown. So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they cana€™t think of a good reason why not. The result is a classic caper across the former Soviet Union in Max, a rusty old VW camper. Knowing little of the language or the geography ahead, they embark on probably the longest commute ever, encountering corrupt officials, film star mechanics and over-friendly gangsters. Far off the tourist trail, they bear witness to the collapse of one nation and the birth of a new one during the free-for-all that was Russia in the nineties.The mechanic was called Yuri and, disengaging from the handshake, he made himself comfortable thumbing through our Haynes manual, as unthumbed as the day it was bought. Yuri was very appreciative of the photographs a€“ of whichanbsp;...

Title:One Steppe Beyond
Author:Thom Wheeler
Publisher:Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW - 2011-08-01


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