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Reisverslag On my way to: cities which you might not know
22 juli 2014
On my way to: cities which you might not know
After having travelled by train, bus, car, taxi (which is also a car, of course..), and mountainbike I can say I've seen more of Russia.
Having visited the cities Nizhny Novgorod, Tyumen, Tobolsk, Abalak, and currently being in Novosibirsk, near Akademgorok, I can say that I've met some great people.
Liliya & Vlad, Igor & Viera, Olga & Vitali and Anna & Denis have taken well care of me. I've seen many nice things thanks to them, amongst which more Kremlins, churches, wooden houses, but also local things. I want to thank them all for taking care of me. And now, again, a piece of my daily travel journal that I'm writing.
21st July 2014.
It was cold and windy. Exactly the weather you better are travelling like me. I caught the train around 9 o’clock in the morning (local time), and in twenty minutes we left Tobolsk for Novosobirsk. I don’t have much luck with “room partners” (I do have to admit that the train consists of an open space filled with beds, so you literally can’t speak of rooms). As for today’s journey I was situated right across a snoring man, sounding like a very old car taking off. When he changed into the foetal position I luckily didn’t hear him anymore, but soon he woke up filling the space with words and laughter. He gave me scissors as a souvenir. And there was someone who could speak a bit English; hurray! He soon got the task to translate everything the man across me said. The next station, Tyumen again, he had to leave, though. So there I was with just only Russian-speaking Russians again. But you definitely lower barriers by sharing. With one of the three Alexanders sharing his whiskey and chocolate with me, I felt like becoming lots closer to my fellow travellers; closer to that handsome guy one bunk further, too. The landscape throughout Russia seemed the same, but after travelling for 5 hours from Tyumen I did feel that the purple flowers made place for grass plains. And and and I saw a moose!!! Not that I could share this information with my wagon mates, but still: happiness! I became to like some of the travellers. Such a pity that some of them (especially the car-taking-off snorer Alexander) had to leave a few stations earlier. That doesn’t mean that the people looking at me made me less awkward. On the train food which you prepare with hot water is popular: noodles, as well as mashed potato. Potatoes (or kartoffel) are the “second bread” in Russia. Tomato, eggs and sausages such as salami are quite common, too. Russians usually slice a thick slice of, for example salami, and eat that as a snack or with some bread. Provodniks/provodnitskas try to earn some extra by selling food, drinks, and/or souvenirs. And just some more randomness: but people look smaller to me than in Moscow, and less taken care off (this, of course, can be a result of 25 hours sitting in a train). It surprised me that no one sang along with all the Russian songs which were played. It’s misleading, though, because most songs seem like a happy combination of a Christmas song and a Gameboy tune; these songs can be sad, too.
Besides randomness I also experience some serious stuff. Today, I almost killed myself by following Denis on a mountainbike. We cycled through the mountainous forest(s) of Novosibirsk and Akademgorok. It was similar to an exciting rollercoaster ride, but without protection, and me wearing a dress. Because of the nice weather, we went to the beach at some local lake. After the rain in Tyumen, as well as in Tobolsk, this was extra nice.
I hope you all are having nice weather, too.
Stay healthy! Stay away from red-haired mountainbikers!
22 juli 2014 14:45 | Door: Peter Zandee
Enjoy Russia's 'wild' parts further and don't get killed or hurt! Enjoy Sibir and explore what is left between you and Russia's Far East! From Russia's European part (black soil area, Voronezh), with kind regards, Peter.
22 juli 2014 18:20 | Door: mama
Quite a different world you're travelling in. Even with a moose!
I'm happy to read you have found nice people to stay with.
The weather here is hot, but we don't complain :-)
Big hug, mama
22 juli 2014 20:17 | Door: Ad
It is quite adventurious what you are doing. A wonderful experience. Stay save Madeleen. Papa
23 juli 2014 10:27 | Door: Michel
Wonderful trip Madeleen. You must be like a colorful bird of paradise to the Russians who typically keep to themselves in public, not showing interest or personality easily.
I would really like to see Novosibirsk someday, which figured in the Cold-War-spy novels of my youth as the secret center of Russian science and technology.
I am also very curious about the Baikal Lake. I hope you get to see well!
23 juli 2014 22:35 | Door: nel baart
nu even een berichtje in het nederlands! Ik geniet van jouw verhalen, en jij geniet dus volop van je avontuurlijke reis! Van tante Bep hoorde ik dat je zulke interessante dingen beleeft. Ik kijk uit naar je volgende belevenissen.liefs, oma