Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are almost 5200 km on the TSR and are arriving at the Ulan-Ude Station of the Trans Siberian Railroad, a wonderful Russian piece of Architecture. (By the way, I am still in the night shift, so I post this episode a bit earlier again.)
|Ulan-Ude Railroad Station|
It's here were we leave the TSR for a while to stretch our stiff legs and arms. Ulan-Ude, the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia, is located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga.
The current name was given to the city in 1934 and means "Red Uda" in Buryat, reflecting the Soviet Union's Communist ideology. This is also reflected in a large statue of the head of Lenin. This statue was placed here in 1970, the year of the centennial of Lenin's birth. It's a popular place for the citizens of Ulan-Ude to meet each other.
the beauty of a Buddhist shrine -
Om manipadmé hum (*)
Om manipadmé hum
the ancient chant once given
to the seeking world
risen from deep down the old pond
towards the sun
This episode of Carpe Diem is open for your submissions until January 21th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode later on today. That will be the fourth Special with a haiku written by our featured haiku-poet of this month, Alexey Andreyev. !! Ulan-Ude is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) !!