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Travel Blogs from Novosibirsk
... and Nikki. Had a nice borscht soup but wanted more. But with all the food everyone bought today, we had enough for dessert with a cup of tea. I have to say I'm loving this train journey. Its a lot of fun and bard to get bored. I even just love watching the Siberian landscape slide by from the corridor.
We had one last long stop today. 40 minutes at Novosibirsk at midnight local time. Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia after Moscow and St Petersburg. It was 2 ...
... car running lovely. In the end we completed 390 miles, leaving us only 50 miles till Novosibirsk and a nice hotel and a planned few drinks :)
The motel we stayed in also deserves a mention, bar far the nicest place and was full of truckers, and yes, many of the truckers fitted the truckers stereotype, it was funny.
Next day we where off and although it was only 50 miles it was an eventful journey, first it started raining, which meant the car started running ...
... cab. The transfer fare is 150 rubles!... Hmmmm....get a hunch the first guy ripped us off with a 600 rubles ride yesterday! Another leson learnt, next time we'll make sure we use a more official looking taxi!
Parking ourselves at the station we wait for our 0030 hrs (local time) train to Irkutsk and another monster journey...fingers crossed we have pleasent kupe chums as this trip one is a monster two night ...
... run arounds trying to find the right bus and bus stop (an hour or more) we managed to get on one (none of the bus numbers from the guidebook were running) and made it to the museum. We immediately encountered a Museum Attendant and a Russian couple also there to see the museum. With some difficulty we came to understand the museum was closed due to the fact it was practically buried under snow. We tried to explain we didn't care and had come a long way to see ...
Siberia is such a "popular" travel destination. In fact one of my teachers at NGU was telling us that she can't really judge Americans (or foreigners in general) because those who come to Siberia aren’t normal. I surfed through this travel blog website before I left home wanting to read some interesting stories about Siberia/Novosibirsk, but the only entries are by travelers on the Trans-Siberian Railway making short stops through our Siberian cities. Well, now even ...
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