Travel Blogs from Tomsk
... the contents onto the noisy track racing past below. Up to my second provodnitsa on this journey. It's a tough job. I was standing leaning on the exit doorway on the north side looking out its window for a while before. Admiring the endless taiga. Noting little boggy tracks leading deep into its emerald green interior. Wishing I could jump off and tread silently into the woods. Every now and then an oncoming train would ...
... interest for my family, as I'm sure no-one else knows this fact, the train was very similar to a particular element of my trip to France as a 12 year old. I'd thought you'd all (family) enjoy that!
I was ready to disembark at Tomsk. I had booked no hostel and after a couple hours of searching, feeling dizzy and faint, I found one in an apartment block. It was only a few months old. I had a long shower and ...
... hall building there is a rock band set-up by the entrance bashing out a Status Quo-type number with some Slashesque guitar licks and untranslatable lyrics. Another bride and groom (with umbrella) do a little Gene Kelly style dance at the top of the Town Hall stairs . We then notice thousands of padlocks attached to a metal railing. My first thought is "stolen bicycles?", before we realise that they are "Love-Locks" - mementos of the big day, attached to the Tomsk ...
... in the dark then the train pulls into the station and he is gone. After 10 minutes we are rolling again and I fall asleep until daylight.
On every Russian sleeper train there is a samovar at the end of the carriage. This is a large urn that provides boiling water which means you can make tea, coffee and pot noodles - the staple diet of all long distance train travellers. We had researched this in advance and so knew to bring such staples as ...
... in the town was switched off for 2 days otherwise we would have been disgusting by the time we got back on and off the train. The town is really pictureseque with lots of old wooden style houses so spent a day sightseeing before heading back on the train for 2 nights onto Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. They also have a great named local team - Tom Tomsk FC. Think I may start supporting them as they will probably be better than Arsenal soon anyway. ...
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