Jump now, avoid the crowds!

August 3, 2011

 

Blog Guy, I keep reading in your blog about that place in Siberia that you call Wackytown, and I really want to visit there.

You mean Krasnoyarsk. Go there! You probably won’t be sorry. In fact, that’s their exact tourism slogan.

But after learning about their air travel facilities I’m thinking flying there isn’t the best idea. Is there another way to get to Krasnoyarsk?

Sure, by train, but I’m warning you it can be kind of slow and passengers may have to pitch in.

That’s fine with me. Sounds like Amtrak. So what’s there to do when I arrive?

Well, bungee jumping is very big. This guy here is jumping off the famous October Bridge.

Oh! Oh! I’ve always wanted to try bungee jumping! Why do they call it the October Bridge?

Because October is when the river is high enough to make it safe.

And in August?

No, not so much.

Then why is this doofus doing it NOW?

Are you kidding? Off-season prices, beat the crowds… Don’t you know anything about budget travel?

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Top and right: Former Russian paratrooper Alexander Dzhafarov, 53, makes a bungee jump from the October Bridge in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 2, 2011.

Left: Athletes Vladimir Muravlyov of Ukraine and Roman Gavrusik of Russia pull 10 railway cars, weighing 500 tons, over some 10 yards during in an attempt to beat a previous Russian record at the central railway station of Krasnoyarsk, July 29, 2011.

REUTERS photos by Ilya Naymushin

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so Alexander is a paratrooper. BG, he could be a perfect pilot for Baz Air, seeing as quickly de-planing is a requirement.

:P Take a flying leap and join the OE Blog Network! :P

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

You know BG, for all you say, Wackytown sure seems like a happening place..
So much to do, so much to watch, so much to clean up after..
Something for everyone!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Krasnoyarsk’s train system sure doesn’t contribute to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere…

…unless of course these ‘tuft guys’ pulling the railway cars have a particular gas problem like the undersigned! ;)

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/06/18/so-you-think-youre-a-tuft-guy-h uh/

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Wait, wait! Did Vlad and Rom make the 10 yards and beat the record? Don’t keep me in suspense, BG!

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

More and more, Krasnoyarsk makes me think of Twin Peaks.

There is definitely something in the water in that town.

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

@skeres: would the something in the water be the bungee jumpers?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

That’s a horrible Chuck Norris impression. Hell that’s even a horrible Jean Claude Van Damme impression.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@Spin, it’s a redundant oxymoron. Yep, that’s what happens when someone does a horrible Jean Claude Van Damme impression. Intense huh?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

“Tautology,” Spin.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Spin.. did you really have to?
Look what you have started!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Good one Onedoor! So THAT’s What Lies Beneath!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive