|Engineers of the Future Flag|
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Continuing from where I left, once our NUSTians reached the Irkutsk airport in Russia, they were held back for a while until two of the ‘Engineers of the Future’ representatives came, as nobody on the airport apparently understood English. They were then escorted first to a rest house, and then Sir Nadeem was taken to the bank for currency exchange by one of the representatives, while the other one gave rest of the delegation a small tour around the Irkutsk city on foot. Irkutsk has derived it’s name from the Irkut River which means ‘the rapid stream’, so Irkutsk means ‘the city near the rapid stream’.
|A church near Lake Baikal|
|Sunrise in Irkutsk Region|
Now, as you know the main purpose of this trip to Russia was to actually attend and learn from the youth conference that was held there by the Russian Engineering Union, so they had some lectures on ‘Engineering Economics’, ‘Major Industries in Russia’ etc, some in English while others in Russian, along with some interactive activities and an excursion trip.
On their excursion trip around Irkutsk city, they saw…
The Eternal Flame in the Memorial Complex dedicated to the Siberian soldiers who fell in battles against the Nazis in World War II.
|Eternal Flame Memorial – Irkutsk|
|Historical Monument – Irkutsk|
The ‘love locks’ on the walkway alongside the Angara River, placed by newly married couples with their names and wedding date engraved on it. After putting the lock on the railing, the key is thrown away into the river. This is a wedding tradition to ‘seal’ their love.
|Love Locks – Angara River|
And a monument of the Irkutsk ‘coat of arms’ which is an unknown creature thought be a tiger or a beaver for a few reasons, though it looks like none, so I’m not quite certain about the origin of the symbol, with a sable in it’s mouth.
|Irkutsk Coat of Arms|
|Water of Lake Baikal|
The delegation had to leave a little early unfortunately as one of the delegate’s visa was nearing it’s expiry, nonetheless, on their last day, the delegation participated in an activity conducted by students of Bauman University, Moscow which everybody quite enjoyed. All the delegates were asked to write 3 embarrassing moments of their lives and stick it on their chests, then they were told to pull a chit off from behind their chairs which helped in dividing them in two teams. Qassam, Sir Nadeem and Maryam were in one team while Nadia and Moiz were in other.
|Students from Bauman University, Moscow|
|Stalingrad Crusaders Logo|