WE FOUND AN ABANDONED SOVIET MILITARY BARRACKS IN RUSSIA

WE FOUND AN ABANDONED SOVIET MILITARY BARRACKS IN RUSSIA


– In this episode of
the TransSibChallenge, we arrive in Vladivostok, our last destination,
(folk music) to receive a welcome to remember
and explore Primorsky Krai. (inspiring music) (train roaring) Hey, how’s it going? We’re about 50, five zero, hours
into an 80 hour train ride. This is where I’ve been
holed up for the past, most of the time, actually, when I’m not sleeping or eating. I’ve built this little nest. We have some tea, we have
some edits happening, some water, some food, a phone, a Kindle. And I thought, now that
we have a little break, I’d show you a little bit
of what’s in the train. Let’s go, let’s do a little
cribs tour of third class on the Trans-Siberian Railway. (peaceful music) Okay, so we’re in a third-class cabin, and to go anywhere, you have
to go through no man’s land. These series of doors,
you have to press buttons. They’re like air locks. Like airlocks in space, it’s
airlocks between trains. You press the buttons and the doors open. Just watch your step, all right. Next, we have another third-class cabin, so you kind of have to dodge
some feet as you come through. There’s beds, four on the
right, two on the left. There’s lots of people,
as you can tell right now. Next, we have a second-class train, which means each bunk has four beds and they’re all completely
blocked off by doors. In here, we have the dining
car, the oasis from the storm. (clock ticking) All right, the journey of 80 hours, it ends in Vladivostok,
(folk music) and we hear music. (woman singing in foreign language) All right. (band singing in foreign language) It’s really early. We’re dressed for the party. I’m not finished yet. Oh, the hat goes off? (woman singing in foreign language) Okay, and I get a headband? Thank you. – Opa!
– Opa! (laughing)
(cheering) All right! – [Cameraman] Look at
this, you get a sword. (woman speaking in foreign language) (cheering) – It’s the final leg. We’re in Vladivostok and it’s a party. (band singing in foreign language) (waves crashing) We made it. Saint Petersburg, all
the way to Vladivostok. (peaceful music)
(laughing) 9,500, whatever, something
like that, kilometers later. We are at the Pacific Ocean and it’s a beautiful thing to see. I lost my microphone along the way. That’s why you’re enjoying
these waves noises a bit louder than usual. I can’t believe it’s over. That 80-hour train journey
was our last leg on the train. Now, all that’s left is to soak it all in, relax on the beach for a few days, and then we’re all heading home. I remember, on the first day, thinking that the journey that
lied ahead was a long one, but it’s funny how time
works when you travel. Things go by very, very
fast but very, very slow. Things feel like yesterday but also like last year at the same time. On one of those lonely hours on the train, one of the guys asked,
“Where are you most happy?” In the mountains, in the
forest, at the ocean. I said the jungle, but
I’ve spent a lot of my life next to the ocean, and
coming here and seeing this, feeling the cold water on my
feet, sitting on these rocks, realizing these rocks have
been around much longer than I have and will continue
to be here much longer after I leave, continually
pounded by the waves, second after second, minute after minute, millennia after millennia. There is something
magical about the ocean. We put the cameras down
last night when we arrived. Took the night just to relax. I think we deserved it, and today, also some relaxing and some hiking, so I’m gonna put the camera
down again right now, get some hiking boots on, and show you part of this
beautiful slice of Russia you’ve probably never seen before. Let’s go. (relaxing music) Barefoot always, barefoot,
well, not always. I just like the squish
between my toes, you know? Look, this feeling right
here, this feeling. Aw, yes, aw, yeah. The hard thing about being
the drone guy of the group is, sometimes, you get left
behind, which is 100% my fault, and actually, I don’t mind it at all because being alone in
the far east of Russia, about 20 kilometers from North Korea, with the ocean on my left
and lakes on my right, giant stone pillars, crickets, frogs, it’s not a bad spot to be alone. Look at this beautiful thing. Not Yaro, well, actually
Yaro too, but behind Yaro. That is an abandoned
Soviet military barracks and that might have our name on it. (exciting music) – For travelers like us, this
is the most epic way to die, via snake on a border with China, Russia, and North Korea, epic. – [Mike] What do you think, Gareth? – I disagree. – He disagrees, all right. The crew is kitted up. We’ve got our pants,
we’ve got our socks on, we’ve got flashlights, water
bottles, and our cameras because this adventure
was not on the itinerary. We saw it flirting with us in the horizon and we’ve changed the plan and decided to go explore these
abandoned Soviet barracks. The crew will continue the hike. For us, a hike’s not particularly
interesting for content. These days, a drone can
pretty much get better shots than I can handheld with
a camera from a viewpoint, so we decided to do this
while they complete the hike. If the day goes perfectly, though, we’ll meet them later and
go fishing for our supper. As we were saying goodbye,
Alexey handed me these vials, saying watch out for snakes, and we did a bit of research
about the poisonous snakes in the area and it’s the common viper, the common northern viper. That should be fine. It says adults weighing over 60 kilograms don’t generally die, as well as the fangs are just
about four millimeters long, which don’t pierce much clothing. Also, the viper emits a loud hiss within three or four meters, and it says it’s almost impossible not to hear it when
you’re approaching them, so we feel pretty good, but we’re gonna be
careful and we also have the very strong antihistamines
that Alexey give us. It’s not antivenom, it
won’t cure the bite, but it’ll definitely
help a lot in this case. But hey, when you’re
exploring new frontiers, you gotta do it safely. There’s always a little bit of a risk. Are you over 130 pounds? (tense music) – Man, 210 pounds of
antivenom is speaking. I’ll turn you into a pair of
boots if you come at me, boy. – Snake-fighting, fang-breaking,
pure steel sex appeal. – [Gareth] Come on now, come on. Oh, it’s right there. – Oh, we found a… (laughing) Oh, all right, so. – [Gareth] I see it’s dry right there. – Is it dry? Good, they found out it’s
dry over there, it’s dry. It’s dry over there? – [Gareth] All right, come this way. – Great. What’s up, guys? When I fell back in the grass, the antihistamine fell out of my pocket and we went back to look for it and all we found were the syringes, which is not the important
part unfortunately, so we’re gonna give a
veto on the building here and go to the far building, but it sucks to let down
the group a little bit and it sucks to make it a little bit more dangerous than it has to be. I’m hoping it’s not a big problem. We made it, boys. So, the Soviet Union fell in 1991, and the rumors are this
building’s been abandoned for longer than that, or
at least it looks that way, because it’s falling to pieces. One of my favorite things, though, about first encountering
abandoned buildings is seeing them with no graffiti and there’s no graffiti on this one. (inspiring music) Oh wow, this is crazy. All right, when you walk
in, there is some graffiti. 1985, 1985, that’s the year I was born. This place is completely overgrown. (inspiring music) There’s really not much left of it. Just a busted out old concrete skeleton, but old Soviet building. You can tell, between the floors, they had used some kind of granite or different kind of
stone, also some bricks. Nature’s completely filled these old ruins with vines and different plants. (inspiring music) Places like this have a
special kind of beauty to me. Being reclaimed by nature, I think… Something about it fascinates me because we all get reclaimed
by nature at some point. I think it’s a symbol of that. No matter what happens,
everything on this planet eventually turns back
into earth, back to dust. Here, you can see where they used to run the old wooden rafters between floors. That’s why there’s no floors left because the floors were made out of wood. What are your thoughts and impressions? – No wonder reason why the Soviets fell. They all had wooden floors. – For me, the most interesting thing is the idea that here was an SP area in North Korea and China
during the Soviet Union. I imagine historical things happened here, but for the rest, just
an abandoned building. Ruben is right. We’re next to North Korea,
we’re next to China. This must have been a pretty
important place at one point. (inspiring music) (laughing) Boys.
– We have venom-proof. – [Mike] Futures. – Our futures are safe. – Guys, we are safe, we are safe. – [Mike] Boys, back in
action, back in action. – We are back. – Don’t tell Alexey. All right, after a wild afternoon,
a wild and wet afternoon, we are thrashed by this mud and water. We found our antihistamines, which means we are now snake-proof again, and we’re headed back to camp where the boys should
be returning back home with their catch of raw
seafood from the ocean. Alexey’s an expert and that’s
what’s on the menu tonight. We’re back at camp. We see one man there,
crouched next to the ocean, and another small dot
with a mask and a snorkel, catching our dinner. All right, we got a GoPro,
we got the swimming shorts, and we got maybe half an
hour before the sunset. Let’s go join Alexey
and see what we can find in this giant, beautiful,
ooh, cold, swimming pool. Let’s go! All right. Alexey’s gifted me his
mask, snorkel, and fins. I’m gonna give it a shot. So what am I looking for underwater? – You look for some two
small eyes under the sand. It’s like this, I don’t
know how to explain. From this part, they’re breathing and trying to filter and
catch food from the water. – All right, cool, clam hunting time. (relaxing music) All right, whew, found some treasures. Let’s get dinner started. All right, guys, a
couple more for the pot. – [Alexey] Yeah, thanks. – [Mike] We’ve gotta clean this one off with a knife first, right? – Yeah, yeah. – So mussels attach themselves to the substrate at the ocean floor with these little tiny small fibers, and when you buy them in a store, they’ve shaved all of that off because you can’t really eat it. This here, this pink, see that? Is actually a coral, a coralline algae. It’s like a hard, crusty pink, and it’s not your typical coral
you’d see in a coral reef, but it is still very
much a coral, all right. So, Yaro here, cracking
them open sideways. – [Alexey] And just try
to find the orange caviar. – [Mike] The orange caviar is what we eat, and you can eat it raw, correct? – Yeah, then we will clean it, so half of this, we will
use in seafood pasta, and half, we’ll eat it just raw. – [Mike] We’re having
seafood pasta tonight? – Yep. – Ooh, we’re eating too well
out here in the wilderness. Guys, we got wine, we got fresh seafood. This is not camping, this is luxury. Alexey, my man, explain
to me what you’ve created. – [Alexey] We have just pasta. It’s pasta and some
mussels plus this stuff. I don’t know how it’s called in English. – [Mike] Clams, yeah. – [Alexey] Yeah, clams, special clams who live under the sand. That is a small one inside
the big one, like this. – [Mike] Wow. – [Alexey] In a perfect condition, it would be plus oyster plus scallop, but right now we have only this. – [Mike] Well, we don’t have oysters, we don’t have scallops, but
we have an amazing chef, who’s created– – Yeah, but it’s not me, it’s not me. – [Mike] It’s definitely, look at this. This is a gourmet meal, man. – [Alexey] Really? – [Mike] Fresh seafood
pasta, caught from the ocean. Socks and shoes roasting by the open fire. We got friends, we got some
brandy, we got some vodka, and we got a great cap on an amazing day. Cheers, to our chef!
(whistling) – [Yaro] To the chef! – [Gareth] Our hunter and chef! Thank you very much. – [Mike] Cheers, man. – [Gareth] To Yaro, for
setting this whole thing up. (peaceful music) – [Mike] In the next and final episode of the TransSibChallenge, we explore an abandoned gun battery on the coast of Primorsky Krai, and we finally say good-bye. If anyone’s looking for
employment, we’re the only ones. – [Group] Cheers. (relaxing music)

47 Comments on "WE FOUND AN ABANDONED SOVIET MILITARY BARRACKS IN RUSSIA"


  1. Спасибо ребят, познакомился с вашими каналами. Это конечно далеко не самое интересное, что можно увидеть, но все равно приятно.

    Reply

  2. Thank you for your interesting videos. If you ever come to Russia again, you should visit Kamchatka peninsula, the nature is so beautiful there. Also visit the south part of Russia by the Black see. It's beautiful there. You still haven't seen much of Russia. 🙂

    Reply

  3. Moustache Mike, lol 🙂
    Just like yourself, I love the sea! Here in Odessa, Ukraine, I just need to walk 15 minutes or so to be at the beach. Love it! I can spend so much time just sitting there and enjoying the sound of the waves. If you ever come to Ukraine, be sure to visit Odessa, it would be great to meet you 🙂

    Reply

  4. Thanks for these great videos they are truly unique here on youtube! Would love to see you guys traveling together more and hope you come back to Russia, still soooo much to explore! I wish you could see the Republic of Karelia, Altai republic, the Golden Ring and travel down the river Volga into the southern territories! Thank you for showing the true nature of Russia and please stay safe!!!

    Reply

  5. If I just woke up and a sword-wielding woman approached me, I'd probably freak the heck out! 🤣 Kidding aside, they are obviously friendly with their big smiles. Awesome way to be welcomed to a new place! Appreciate the marine biology lesson with the mussel too!

    Reply

  6. Calm mike at home with nature.
    I hope you could also feature the colder regions of russia up north in the future.

    Reply

  7. You conquered the world am envious, go back to Ph, stay, marry and grow hairs from vladivoztok ahhahhahhahh nope Ph has also more beaches like this

    Reply

  8. There…that intimate talk! Missed that in the two previous vlogs. Always waiting for some wise words.
    P.S. are we talking about 80 hours straight, with short stops?! Always get confused with those other dramatic vloggers..heheh!

    Reply

  9. 3rd Class… But First Class presentation! Alone, Abandoned… But Fans and friends support you. Go under to feast on a top chef prepared meal. Sad it’s ending but happy for the memories and experience you’ve shared. This Transiberian challenge videos changed my views of Russia and Russians. Feared to respected. Thank you, Mike!🐉🐉🐉🐉❤️

    Reply

  10. That was quite the welcome! 😊 amazing vlog as always such beautiful place. I don't know what it is about your voice but it's so soothing to me.

    Reply

  11. Haha, that was quite the greeting you received at the train station in Vladivostok! Beautiful, profound words on the beach. It's interesting to hear how time seems to speed up and slow down when you travel. It's odd…life can feel like that when you're stagnant as well. That beach seems like a perfect place to think. Beautiful and wild, with the mist and fog adding a bit of mystique and mystery. I can only imagine your joy when you guys saw the abandoned barracks on the horizon! I've always been fascinated by nature reclaiming places built by humans, too. Loved watching you go fishing…and that seafood pasta looks even better than some I've seen in restaurants! Awesome episode. Looking forward to the epic conclusion! 🐉🐉🐉🐉

    Reply

  12. Hey, Mike. I'm glad you found those vials of antihistamines. When they fell out of your pocket, I thought it was a bad omen for sure (I'm part-Chinese so I'm somewhat superstitious). Abandoned places filled with poisonous snakes is a recipe for disaster. Glad you made it all okay. Can't wait for your next—and sadly final—installment of your Russian adventure. Stay safe. Cheers!

    Reply

  13. Bonjour Mike de Montréal, Québec, Canada. I love chasing your brilliant videos, so educational and fantastic. Take care and keep grounded.

    Reply

  14. friend! fabulous video! I like your channel more and more, it's super entertaining, thanks for showing your adventures all over the world! Hugs🤗

    Reply

  15. Mike awesome trip. Can only imagine how you feel after a trip like this, you have a gift of putting it into words. Totally enjoyed every video. They knew who to pick coming off the train. Nice wake up call with a shot. 👍👍

    Reply

  16. Thank you very much for these videos. They sure do inspire young youtubers like me to create more travel content like the one I just posted.

    I’ll be glad if you can check it and give it a review! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Reply

  17. Cool. I live in Russia in Bashkiria. There are also many beautiful mountain places, but you have to get out of the cities to rural areas. Unfortunately I don’t know English well, so sorry.

    Reply

  18. How come you don't get any views for your Russia series? Did you get shadowbanned by the youtube algorithm or what? I just discovered your channel and I can't believe you are averaging 5-6k views per video, I mean your production is awesome and the content itself is amazing too.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *