Doing what everyone does and not everyone does at the same time.
19.12.14 - 8.1.15
From Novosibirsk to Saint Petersburg through Yekaterinburg,
January 3rd 2015
My Trans Mongolian Railroad journey is completed. But I want to give myself a bonus: St. Petersburg. After all, it's on every travel guide for Russia. It's what most people know about Russia, or maybe not.
That's it, St Petersburg, on the very West part of my map.
The moment I pulled off my comfy quilt, I knew, the temperature had drastically dropped over the night. It will be proofed later.
Let me enjoy my first Salted Caramel Cappucino at my favorite cafe in Russia, Shokoladnitsa. To me, it was a variant I didn't know existed in the world of coffee.
Novosibirsk Airport wasn't anything of extravagance. Nevertheless, the free WiFi connection was indeed remarkable. Being too absorbed in the internet, I could miss my flight.
However, the most wondrous thing to be in an airport for me was this photography exhibition. Jaw-dropping landscape photographs hung till the end of the glass wall. This, is what I love about Russia. If you have traveled Russia enough, you'll notice that displaying photographs like this is not rare thing. More to that, I like the way the photographs look natural, not over-processed or over-saturated.
Now, here's the proof. Minus twenty four.
This, I took from my window seat.
Yuuuhuuu. I'm flying.
Do you think it's the Antarctic Ocean there below? Yeah, yeah, of course not.
Okay, this is what I wouldn't get on a train. I chewed every bite with passion, for it was a meal very me. Cholesterol? Forget about that. I have over-burned my calories in that minus twenty four. Aha.
Yekaterinburg Airport for a stop over. That's how huge Russia is. Even for a domestic flight, a stop over has to be made. It's like flying from West to East in my home country. Aye. Anyway, the airport was nice. I didn't mind spending an hour which became two because of delay, in a place like this.
Uhm, what's this?
There were three choices of coins and I opted for this one, because it depicts my true experience standing on the border between Asia and Europe. It cost 200 RUB. If any of you think, "Oh, that's the same as the coin souvenirs found everywhere in New Zealand.", let me tell you: it's not. This one is of much better quality.
Back on the aircraft, was yet another meal...
... and great coffee. I think, this is my best domestic flight ever.
At St. Petersburg Airport the surprise continued. I can't remember where else have I seen a baggage claim area in an airport providing nice seats like this.
St Petersburg was white-washed. It was snowing. But, it was wet snow. Meaning: warmer than Novosibirsk this morning.
Wait... I feel like turning into a time tunnel. What does these remind me of? Ah, ya. The bus stops in Beijing and some other cities in China.
Next, all I saw through my taxi window on the way to my hotel, felt different from the rest of Russia I had been to.