This post was definitely one of my most favorites to write! The weekend of March 5-8 I had a four days off of work. Anton, Katherine, and I had plans to go to Yekaterinburg, and I was so excited! We had our hotel booked, bus tickets reserved, and we were packed. Then, at 10:30 p.m. on March 4th, the bus company called and told us they cancelled the 7 a.m. ride to Yekaterinburg. I was devastated, and it was too late to book another ride. I was so mad, so mad in fact that I'm extremely embarrassed about how I acted because of it. We won't talk about that. :)
The next morning I was trying to figure out something to do because I didn't want to waste the weekend. I love finding off the road or abandoned places. Actually, I love just finding and photographing things that aren't really popular or well-known. I like to do the touristy thing, but I get so much more excitement hidden places. I decided to search for abandoned places in the area. The only thing that came up was this observatory but from the one picture I could find I had no idea where it could be. At almost the same moment I was about to ask Anton if he knew he came into the room and asked if I wanted to go to an abandoned building he knew about. When I showed him the observatory he said that was the building! It was such a crazy moment, like we were connecting through brain waves. Is that what makes a good significant other? ;) I've tried looking for information on the observatory to get some history of it, but I haven't been able to find anything on it. Of course, all my searches are in English, so I should probably work on my Russian so I can learn about it.
Poor Anton. I bet he was thinking, "This girl is making me hold her purse, dragging me through this snow, and won't stop taking pictures of me." When I was done we walked towards the observatory but literally had no idea how to actually get to it. We came to a fence but figured their had to be an easier way to get to it so we back tracked a bit and walked down a road.