September 01, 2012

Travel Notes

The Lena Pillars, the unique geological formations on Russia’s Siberian Lena river, were granted international environmental protection by the United Nations, with UNESCO voting to include them on its World Heritage list. They were one of six natural wonders recognized by the UN this year.

The rock towers, located on the bank of the Lena in Yakutia region, were formed by alternating extreme temperatures over many centuries. The pillars are also surrounded by a unique micro-environment that is home to rare animals and 99 species of nesting birds.

A new hostel opened in Perm promising budget travelers a central location, free wifi, kitchen, laundry, and help with visa registration. Hostel P offers prices starting at just 300 rubles for a spot in a 16-bed dorm room. The hostel also has a regular hotel room for two at 1500 rubles per night.

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