Siberian Capital

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Novosibirsk Appartment

Flag of Russia  , Novosibirsk,
Saturday, September 4, 2010

Novosibirsk is Russia's third largest city and is the capital of Siberia. We arrive here in the afternoon and our hostel has organized a pick-up. Tall young man takes us to the metro and few minutes later we arrive in a block house area where there is not much to see. Our hostel is again a transformed apartment with 5 beds on the 11th floor. This place is very neat and tidy as the Olga – the owner is taking a good care of it. She gets very excited when describing the city, museums, markets and a scientist quarter next to a park and a beach (a bit further out of the city).

Later we realised that there is not much to see in the whole city. We saw only two churches and they were very small. Opera house is as scary as the other buildings: concrete block piles and hardly any colors (apart from Russian favorite color blue). The mood of the city seems to be quite gloomy although a few high heels are walking every now and then.

Our way to the scientist area is unsuccessful as we fail to find the right bus that goes there as the bus stops are poorly signed (even the locals don’t know). The city is very dusty and the old cars are driving on cheap petrol, thus the air is polluted from car exhaust. We later notice that our throat is feeling bad from the smoggy air.

We are also unlucky with the museums that we want to visit: USSR and West Siberian Train museums. The USSR is closed on Mondays (the day of the visit) and the train museum (opened only for us upon arrival indicating the lack of visitors) although new is not a great deal because we don’t see real train locomotives just makets, pictures and stories (unfortunately all in Russian).

Luckily the weather is still keeping us happy. The sun is out and the temperature reaches +26C during the day.

The highlight of Novosibirsk is our new travel friends that we had met before in Moscow (a Danish guy) and in Yekaterinburg (two Italian guys). As the city is boring, we spend some time with them and are amazed by their vodka drinking skills. Straight vodka, just like that!!! But Italians keep their food traditions and eat pasta every day. And so do we now.

We are quite happy to meet the Italian guys again as they are doing a very similar route as we are. In Mongolia we are planning to arrange a tour around the country side to the Gobi desert together with them. It is safer, more fun and cheaper way to visit places.

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You are travelling too fast, it makes feeling that time is running and I'm getting older and older. Please stay in one place longer! :)

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