Sword of Aquarius
a romantic political tragedy novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 7 of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

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Chapter 3 - Destination Oymyakon.

      What I saw was a rare sight indeed, which however, we soon found echoed in so many ways in everything that happened up there. The hurried rush of time was swallowed up by the vastness of the place. We saw a man on the opposite slope dragging a sleigh up the side of a hill.

      "That's professor Humbold," said the driver jokingly. "He works in an area where he can't afford to bring the dogs into, lest they spread diseases. Nor does he like to bring the snow cats in. You'll probably meet him tonight," said the driver while I got the camera set up.

      The driver explained later, after we were on our way again, that he had made a considerable detour to show us this sight, in the hope that the professor would still be working there. "I hope that this will give you a feeling for the vastness of our land," he added.

      Eventually we came upon what looked like a small village of aluminum-covered utility buildings and one lone single high-rise. These, altogether, made up the Reindeer Research Station.

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