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May 22, 2014 - Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk (New Siberia) Novosibirsk was not highly recommended by the guidebooks. Lonely Planet said "there really isn't much to see". But it was a reasonable distance between Yekaterinburg and Irkutsk; it is the third largest city in Russia; and it is the capital of Siberia; so it seemed a good place to stop. It is not the easiest place to visit. There is no tourist information office and no maps available at the hotel desk (Grammar found a for-sale map in a display case managed by the hotel clerk just as we were leaving.) Novosibirsk...

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May 21, 2014 - The Train

The Train Here we are on the Trans Siberian Railway! Wow! Grammar and her friends have been planning this trip for eight years. I know, it sounds as thought they are pretty slow but one of them was working on an Atlas of Islamic History project that seemed never to end. And of course, when they were ready to go, politics heated up in the region and we thought that maybe we would not be allowed to go. But we got here and are now almost halfway across Russia. We have been on three different trains. The first was a fancy commuter train from...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Train Day 3 - Tyumen, Ishim, Omsk, Barabinsk, Novosibirsk

Day 3. Tyumen, Ishim, Omsk, Barabinsk, Novosibirsk. A beautiful sunrise, followed by our first personal hygiene session in our private bathroom. You can see the sink and hand shower, unfortunately there was no water to supply the shower - so we took how water from the samovar and used that. Then it was off to the Russian restaurant car to savour the extensive menu. Not a good place to be a vegetarian, as page 4 of the menu shows..... The afternoon saw more birch trees - some quite spectacular, and a couple of platform excursions to stretch...

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Trans Siberia 2013

Jun 17, 2013 - Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Novosibirsk.

Our biggest problem in Irkutsk was food. It was difficult even finding restaurants. The style of building was wooden with small windows. There was not a lot of window frontage to display what was inside hence it was difficult to tell what was inside unless it was part of a major chain like Subway (they're everywhere) or KFC. Our initial efforts took us to a florists, a hairdressers, a solicitors office (or it could have been an architects), various clothing boutiques and a pet shop. We eventually found a restaurant on the second floor of a...

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Jul 4, 2011 - Perm

Surprising I slept well, perhaps thanks to my industrial earplugs and face mask. It was hot though, with no reprieve during the night, if you can call it night as it didnt get dark. I am happy to report though that the Russians are very quiet and reserved, rather than what I was expecting - loud, curious and trying to ply you with 'wodka' to all hours. It was 10.30am local time, but the entire rail network works on Moscow time. During this trip i will travel through 5 time zones (totalling +5 hours Moscow) whilst remaining in Moscow time....

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Feb 8, 2010 - Hello

Hello parents Were are just sat in an internet cafe in the capital of siberia. Having just got off the trans siberian after a 2 day journey from moscow. Its a lot colder here than sheffield, so stop moaning about the snow. Tomorrow we are heading to Tomsk for a few days. Moscow was enjoyable and we met lots of russians in the hostel, we havn't seen any english people yet. Jon Nat Tom x

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World Tour 2010

Aug 8, 2008 - Novosibirsk

Sorry we were unable to post for a few days. And, we are kind of cheating because we didn't actually write from Novosibirsk, but we wanted to mark down the cities along the way that we stopped at. Our entry/novel from Irkutsk will tell all about our wedding, oops, I mean travels in, Novosibirsk.

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Aug 5, 2008 - TSR (III): Part Two

DAY 23: TSR - Achinsk to Novosibirsk When we awoke, we looked out a finally saw the Siberia that we had been expecting all along. Flat, uninhabited, lots of trees. We spent our time reading, and trading music with 14-year old Anton and his dad. Russians all take English in school for 11 years, and Anton was fairly proficient. It was an enjoyable time ... he got to hear lots of Canadian music (Arcade Fire, Great Big Sea, Nickelback, Oscar Peterson) and we got to finally hear some Russian music that wasn't DANCE or TECHNO!! In the early...

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Jul 30, 2008 - Novosibirsk - July 31

The flight left last nite at 11 pm and landed in Omsk at 5:30 Omsk time - 4 hour flight - served a nice meal but it was an old plane, no video or electronic music even. In Omsk it was again hot and humid...since our train doesn't leave til 9:46 pm we spent the day 1) Going to get our train tickets which Arden had arranged to be picked up at a travel agency. With no map or lingo it took us awhile to communicate, plus it was very early so few people out and about. Everything went easily after one gal made a map and took us to the bus and...

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Jan 14, 2008 - Новосибирск (Novosibirsk)

Got to Novosibirsk at 12 at night. Spent the night half sleeping amidst Russian hobos, on hard backed stools in an unheated waiting room (not exaggerating). Well nate slept, i didnt as I guarded her and our bags. :) nice of me. At 7 we caught a mini (and i mean mini) bus to tomsk, 5 hours cramped up in that mini bus, without heating, sitting on our stuff and with jackets on. Joy!

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Trans-Siberian/ Asia

Dec 25, 2005 - Novosibrisk

8729km from Hong Kong. By the time Jane and co got back from the Restaurant car not many hours later, Jane was roaring drunk too and told me that he had to lie down and sleep. I was reading so said it was no problem but every time he put his head on the pillow he thought of something that he had to tell me or say. Most of the gist of it was that he wanted me to get off at Krasnoast station with him and go to his house in Northern Siberia to stay. He told me (mimed) that we could hunt bears, catch fish and of course get monumentally drunk....

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Nov 5, 2005 - "...and the people you meet"

my dear ole' dad has a favorite quote. it goes "youll be the same person you are today ten years from now except for the books you read and the people you meet". this train really makes that quote come alive. there arent too many options for entertainment. reading is an option, and so is meeting people. in the cabin next to us there is a frenchman, an englishman, a russian woman and a vietnamese woman. the train is also packed with chinese and mongols. its really interesting to get their persepctive on the U.S. i never realized the impact...

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...pure religion

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