Originally Posted by BobbySands
can you explain further this mysterious "source of protein" to which you introduced your fellow riders?
how necessary is it to be able to communicate in Russian? could an Engish speaking fellow make this trip? how many folks, if you can guess, did you meet in these settlements along the way? any?
Our protein, Shashlik, is pieces of meat cooked on a skewer/spike over a wood fire. BBQ style.
Recognition of Russian alphabet and basic phrases of greeting etc could
see you through. In bigger towns and cities some people understand English - particularly the younger folks. Out in the villages is virtually non-existant although we did find English speakers in some unlikely places - as you will read.
Russian peoples are inherently interested and want to be helpful - particularly in remote areas with difficult conditions where co-operation is essential to survive. People who want to communicate invariably do - it just might take a little longer.