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26 juli 2014
On my way to: where ever you like
In the cities I visit I try to take my time for everything. For heading to the railway station I calculate at least 2 hours: I sometimes get lost, I sometimes twist my ankle with having at least 18 kilo's of luggage hanging around my body, I sometimes have no clue from which track/platform a train is departing. Apart from some situation in Nizhny Novgorod, I almost felt no stress in Russia.
Up until now I've seen Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Tyumen, Tobolsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Krasnoyarsk. I do feel that the cities are the same, yet so different. Any of these Russian cities have riversides (Russians seem to consider a river to be important for a city's existence). Everywhere, really everywhere, you can see marriages (during Summer (?), especially on Fridays) and lovelocks and of course Lenin statues. Everything is big; it still surprises me. But cities are different in what they offer and its citizens. I feel that going to the east: people are more extraverted and curious towards foreigners, domes of churches carry less gold, more cars are imported from Japan, there are more wooden houses which seriously have people living in it, the parks look more like forests and there are less railway stations. As for the last: my final destinations Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok are relatively far apart from each other.
Now Moscow is super touristy which the city itself totally justifies; the architecture is awesome. Novosibirsk isn't architecturally interesting, even though it's the third largest city in Russia, but there’s tons of entertainment in my opinion, and nature is just around the corner. My entertainment was watching skateboarders and BMX riders doing their tricks around the Lenin statue at the Lenin square. I think I've just watched these people for 4 hours. And Tomsk is the city I like the most up until now. Tomsk has 6 universities, they say, so its population is considered to be young. The universities offer mainly bèta sciences, so the student population seems to be more testosteron to me. Of all cities Tomsk gives the most familiar feeling: a combination of Utrecht, Delft, and Gouda perhaps?
I think that I should visit Russia another time, because of all the things I have to miss (because a tourist visa is valid for only 30 days, so you have to compromise). I really like Russia thus far. At least in summer there are flowers, fountains, and theme parks everywhere. I’m wondering what it is like during winter, except for freezing of course. Some Russians keep surprising me with their never-ending positive and joyful attitude. Russians are keen on sharing everything from food to culture and pictures of their cats. I think they all want you to do the same. I'll never tour around by car myself, though. I'm still alive, because I refrain from crossing roads too much. I've been driven around a few times, though: switching lanes in Russia feels more like teleportation than driving, for it is incredibly abrupt.
For everyone who's visiting Russia in the future: make sure you drink tons of good hot chocolate before departure (thank you Lotte, for the Starbucks hot chocolate before I left :) ). The Russian “definition” of hot chocolate is not the milky drink that all other countries over the world pour. Hot chocolate in Russia is simply molten chocolate, just liquid enough to let it slide down your throat. You get a glass of water to help you flush that brown stuff away. This is something I'll never understand. Just.. Why?!
26 juli 2014 16:46 | Door: Nick & Liset
Hello dear little sister,
Reading about your great experiences and adventures out there in Russia makes us wanna go there ourselves! Have a great further travel there. Much love
26 juli 2014 17:57 | Door: mama
Hai lieve dochter,
Leuk om halverwege je Rusland trip een terugblik, overview te lezen.
De volgende helft zal vast ook goed bevallen. Ben benieuwd hoe anders het nog meer richting het oosten wordt.
Na zo'n hot chocolate hoef je de rest van de dag niet meer te eten zeker?!
Veel liefs en een dikke zoen,
27 juli 2014 05:27 | Door: Kurgan-city
Interesting to read about the country in which I live from the foreigner =) Successful trip!)