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    • Day17


      September 17, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Die Russen, denen wir erzählt haben, dass wir einen Stopp in Novosibirsk machen, haben alle gleich entsetzt geschaut und gefragt, was wir dort wollen. Naja im Nachhinein muss man sagen, dass die Stadt tatsächlich nicht wirklich schön ist. Viele hässliche Plattenbauten und nur wenige schöne, ältere Gebäude. Aber es gibt viele junge Leute dort wegen der Uni und auch so scheint es doch eine moderne Großstadt zu sein, wenn man mal von den Gebäuden absieht. Es ist ja immerhin die drittgrößte Stadt Russlands. Ansonsten war die Uferpromenade am Ob auch noch ganz schön.
      Nachdem wir uns bei der Bäckerei Schmidt verschiedene russische Teigtaschen gekauft haben, sind wir in den Zug Richtung Krasnojarsk gestiegen. Diesmal in der zweiten Klasse in einem älteren Zug.
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      Darf man in den Zügen in Russland eigentlich noch rauchen?


      Scnubbel 🤣🧐😇


      Wie lange habt ihr gebraucht, um das rauszufinden? 😂

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    • Day16

      Zugfahrt nach Nowosibirsk

      September 16, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Zusammenfassend muss man sagen, dass die 22 Stunden Zugfahrt wirklich schnell vergangen sind und es in der Dritten Klasse wirklich nicht viel anders war als in der zweiten. Nur etwas enger natürlich... Aber im Großen und Ganzen war es eigentlich sehr angenehm. Zumindest bei uns, da wir Glück mit den Nachbarn hatten, denn weiter vorne im Wagen war es tatsächlich bisschen geruchsintensiv. Uns gegenüber saß eine alte Frau, wir haben versucht ein bisschen mit ihr zu reden. Allerdings mehr als, dass sie 70 Jahre alt ist, aus Ischewsk kommt und nach Krasnojarsk fährt, haben wir nicht herausgefunden. Sie hatte goldene Schneidezähne und hat nach jeder Mahlzeit von ihrem selbst mitgebrachtem Essen und vorm Schlafen gehen gebetet. Am Ende der Fahrt hat sie uns alles Gute sowie eine schöne Reise gewünscht und als wir am Bahnsteig waren auch noch aus den Fenster gewunken.

      Die Landschaft durch die wir gefahren sind, war im wesentlichen flach und bestand aus Wiesen oder oft auch herbstlich gelben Birkenwäldern.

      Nach der Ankunft haben wir im Hostel eingecheckt und mal wieder ein russisches Restaurant besucht. Dort gab es dann Borscht, Buchweizen mit Ente und Hähnchen mit Ptitim (Israelische Nudeln).
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    • Day12

      Privet Novosibirsk

      April 12, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C


      Now that you are caught up on my day in Tomsk, lets go back a day to my train journey from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk and the city itself (I hope you are following along).

      Train 3: Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk

      Well the train itself was the same as the previous two. However this time I was lucky enough to be joined by a school trip of 15 ten year old girls and about five teachers. Needless to say they weren't the quietest travel companions. On top of that I noticed when I left the train that the couple who were sharing my section helped themselves to my pack of dates that I had on the table between us (they left my phone but took my dates!). Who'd have thought the first thing I lose/gets stolen is food! Aside from that nothing else of note happened on my journey.

      Day 1

      I only had two half days in Novosibirsk so I couldn't waste any time when I got to the hostel. I decided to walk down to the river to see the monument to the fist bridge over the river across the Ob river (this was the turning point for travel in Russia and linked the east of the country to the west - and with it the famous Trans Siberian Railway was formed). Unfortunately as I was walking it started raining so i had to seek refuge in a cafe (one with no wifi! - kindle reading it is!). After my brief pit stop I carried on. The monument was quite cool as it was a small section of the bridge next to the actual bridge that is used today. Aside from the monument there wasn't much else down by the river, apart from a very sad looking amusement park (clearly not peak season). Back in the city centre I saw some benches covered in crocheted blankets (not sure why) and the Opera house. By now i had walked quite far so decided to find the only place in the city that serves vegan food (according to the happy cow anyway). This little gem turned out to be a kiosk in the middle of a park, surrounded by other kiosks that were all closed. From it i got the biggest falafel wrap ever, for the tiny price of £2! I decided to call it a day there and head back to the hostel as my train to Tomsk left quite early the next day.

      Day 2

      After my whirlwind tour of Tomsk, by the time i got back to my hostel in Novosibirsk i was pretty tired (even though it was only 11:30am. I decided to have a quick power nap and then head out again. At 3pm I left the hostel and went in search of Novosibirsk's own random statue - a man saluting a traffic light (seriously). Well i was not disappointed. It was indeed a man saluting a traffic light. After seeing this gem my plan was to head to the north of the city to see a park and another couple of statues. But as this route took my past my vegan kiosk, by the time I got there i was so hungry and tired that I decided to admit defeat, get a wrap, find a supermarket to stock up for the train and call it a day. Unlike the previous cities I have visited in Russia, Novosibirsk doesn't have a huge amount for tourists to see. As a city to live in I can imagine it is nice, but for a tourist it doesn't have the best atmosphere, in my opinion. Which you can tell just by looking at the top things to do on tripadvisor. Sometimes you just don't click with a city and that's ok. I would rather get some rest and prepare for my next mammoth train journey (32 hours guys!) than walk aimlessly round the city just for the sake of it.

      So there you have my brief, and slightly disjointed time in Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia!

      Next stop, Irkustk!

      Until next time,
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      Another great summary of your travels and it was great to see and talk to you yesterday. Dad


      Lois your time in Novosibirsk may have been brief but your blog entries certainly aren’t, they are amazing and such a joy to read, so descriptive and so funny - I feel like I have to ‘up my game’ in the comment section! It must be nice for you when you’re so far away to read our comments. Oh Lo you should have written about your ‘Hostel threesome’ 😱. I will explain as you won’t see this for another day or so at least. In the room there were three single beds in a row. Lois was put in middle and then a ‘couple’ came in and they had to sleep either side of her 🤭🤭🤭. She was under the blankets messaging ‘this is sooo awkward Mum’ lol.


      Another fab blog entry Lois I am so enjoying reading them! Oliver falls asleep when I’m out and about in the car so when I park up I check the blog and sit and read them 😃 I can’t believe those people took your dates! Cheek! Lovely how you are managing to find a good vegan cafe or place to eat you make it all sound so easy ☺️ Wow I hope your 32 hour train journey is comfortable I can’t wait for the next update ☺️ Haha Mandy that’s funny must have been week awkward 😂🙈 And I agree Lois blog entries are so well written and descriptive it’s a real joy to read. Have fun and take care 😘 xxx

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    • Day34

      Transsibirische Eisenbahn

      June 9, 2018 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Novosibiersk, drittgrößte Stadt Russlands, größte Stadt von Sibirien, und ist die schnellst wachsende Stadt der Welt noch vor Chicago. 1,7 Mio Einwohner und erst 175 Jahre alt.
      Zuerst sind wir ins Museum der Transsibirischen Eisenbahn. Dann in den Bahnhof. Große Wartehallen wie am Flughafen.Read more

    • Day4

      Novosibirsk 2078 miles from Moscow

      October 10, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

      Here for nearly an hour, so again a good time to get provisions. The train is 12 carriages long plus 2 service wagons. It's a lovely bright sunny day with glorious blue skies.


      We walked 70 odd miles during our 3 week stay in Novosibirsk so got to know the place pretty well - did you stop and see any of the places - Lenin Square is quite impressive, the theatre is supposed to be one of the best in Russia and they have a large zoo. Sounds like you’re enjoying your Russian adventure - Dos va Danya Xx


      No, we didn't leave the station. Lots of places we want to go, but not on this trip. We'll have to come again, especially as we don't see Lake Baikal in the daylight!!!


      Russia is so much more beautiful than I had thought. Are you speaking any Russian yet? Xx

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    • Day75

      Voznesenskiy sobor, Novosibirsk

      July 19, 2014 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Eine wunderbare russisch-orthodoxe Kirche hat Novosibirsk doch noch zu bieten. Von außen toll hergerichtet und von ihnen wunderschön anzuschauen (es darf nicht fotografiert werden).
      Finanziert wurde die Restaurierung wahrscheinlich durch den Verkauf von Weihwasser-Flaschen, die mit Wasser aus dem geweihten Tank gefüllt werden dürfen.Read more

    • Day72

      Grelka, Bar, Novosibirsk

      July 16, 2014 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Eine der vielen Bars in Russland mit grosser Karte und kleinem Angebot. Das Bier, welches es gibt, heisst Edelweiss...
      Aber wir können bis nachts um drei noch draussen sitzen - bei 20 Grad.

    • Day70

      Novosibirsk-Glavnyy, Novosibirsk

      July 14, 2014 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Von wegen kalt in Sibirien. Nach 9 Grad und Dauerregen in Jekaterinburg haben wir hier 21 Grad und nur einige Wolken.


      Ist es nicht gefährlich dort? Heute morgen hab ich folgendes Video gesehen:…

      Jürgen und Brigitte

      Hi Isa, als wir gestern ankamen war das Gewitter schon vorbei. Es liegen noch ein paar umgestürzte Bäume auf den Strassen, ansonsten scheint die Sonne schon wieder.


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