"ice bowl" Novosibirsk by tmyroniak

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Siberian New Years

I've heard for years that people were "sent" to Siberia, but no one ever just goes there. My curiosity got the best of me, so I had to take a side trip from Moscow to see what it was like. After a few short days there, I decided to go back when it was colder, so I returned to Novosibirsk, the Western Capitol of Siberia, for New Years. And yes, it was cold.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Value for US dollar, beautiful women, great vodka, wonderful theater for opera and ballet
  • Cons:A bit chilly, VERY icy, people hard to befriend, crime
  • In a nutshell:A complicated but beautiful city in summer, ice hell in winter
  • Last visit to Novosibirsk: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    The Siberian capital seems to be an attractive destination! You were lucky going there, Tom!

  • suvaa003's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2003 at 2:38 AM

    I loved N too, and I was there in December and the theater was good too

  • McCallister's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2003 at 4:57 AM

    while traveling from Kemorova to Barnaul I passed thru novosibirsk but we did not dtop as we were behind schedule.. the city to an american like me seemed like a "best kept secret of Russia". so modern in the middle of nowhere. hope to return some day.

  • zentrinko's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2003 at 6:28 PM

    Always nice to see someone take an "off the beaten" path route in Russia, nice page, but I know the crime is much worse in Moscow than Novosibirsk

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2003 at 6:09 PM

    An interesting place to go !

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