My friends recently moved to Ulan Ude, Russia. Recently, as in they arrived there on Tuesday.
When I was doing a quick overview of current events on the New York Times website, I gave in to the urge to search “Ulan Ude” and was surprised to find a NYTimes News Blog that was posted about a week ago talking about a cool thing using YouTube and Google Maps. It lets a viewer watch out the window of the Trans-Siberian Railway for the whole journey. Read it here. I find this delightfully cool.
I followed the link in that blog to a sub-set of the “cool thing” described above which features video guides to 14 cities along the way, including Ulan Ude.
When I checked Facebook about an hour ago, I saw that my friend’s Friday morning (there) status update indicates that they are on their way out to explore a bit of UU. Hmmm.
Now I am too.
And so can you. (Be prepared to read subtitles.)