Second Trans Siberian journey – Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk. Friendly Russians and Rock Bands   1 comment

Written on 16th July 2011.

Third Trans Siberian Journey.  From Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk.  This was a late start time at 22.35.  Once we got on the train the first challenge was lifting our dive gear bag up 3 metres onto the top shelf above our upper bunk.  Luckily a Russian guy understood our problem and helped us.  We then got talking to him; we discovered he was in a band and travelling to a gig with two of his band members.  What was interesting was that their favourite bands are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Animals.  These 60’s bands are very popular with the youth of Russia because when they were at the height of their fame they were not allowed to be played in the USSR.  The guys we met had cool mop haircuts and wore skinny jeans.  One member was even wearing a union jack t shirt.  On stage they all wear Chelsea boots.  We chatted about music till 2.30 in the morning when everyone else was fast asleep.  They were kind enough to give us a CD of their music and signed the sleeve for us.  I’ve included the tracks on this post as url links from my drop box so give them a few seconds to load.  The tracks remind me so much of the Animals.  I really like them.  What you think?

04 Yeah! 1

03 Hey Girl! 1

02 Poor & Broken Child

01 Is That Your Halo_ 1

The difference in passengers from train journey to train journey is immense.  We got a really nasty bunch on our second Trans Siberian Journey from Kazan to Yekaterinburg.   The Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk bunch were wonderful; helpful and accommodating.  It makes such a difference to a train journey especially when it’s 16 hours plus on the train.  We arrived in Novosibirsk at 20.00 Moscow time, 23.00 Novosibirsk time.  To save time (we really wanted our beds) we got a taxi to the hostel.  The taxi driver was barmy, driving at 100 KPH in the middle of the city!  We had wheel spins and tyre screeches around the corners and conveniently the taxi driver didn’t have any change for our fare!

My first impression of the city (even at the speed we were travelling at in the taxi) was of a very industrial city with few striking buildings unlike our previous Trans Siberian stops so far.  We will see tomorrow……..

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Stefan Palmer


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  1. Pingback: Trans-Siberian Leg #2 Kazan to Yekaterinberg « i'll never work again

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