After a… warm night’s sleep, we awoke to our second day of Omsk.
After Yet More Food, we hit the town for another walk, through another part of town. This was also the time when the girls found out that they had been properly eaten alive by the midges of Omsk, their legs peppered with bites. Ouch! Such are the joys of a city sitting next to a nice river…
During our exploration of Omsk I managed to get everyone to enter a bookstore, where I then completed one of my quests: buying a chess book in Russian! It’s called “1000 приключений на шахматной доске“. I haven’t read it yet. But I will!
Apart from that, the walk through town was pleasant. We cheered on one 50-year old man who was running in the local marathon. We I stared at an ad for… I suppose clothing, but this model has taken “-70%” a bit literal ;-).
OK I’ll get the church out of the way rightaway… our hosts lit a candle here for our safe journey onwards (which worked, suggesting god exists). Interestingly for especially the Dutch readers, this was (obviously) done at the icon of a familiar face: Saint Nicholas – patron saint not only of speculaas, amandelstaven and pepernoten, but also of travellers. Bless him.
Whether there are more trolley buses or Lenin statues in Russia is a close contest. Which of the two Diana prefers is not.
Our hosts enjoying themselves:
The only half-decent shot I got of the Pushkin Library, from a minibus through the dirty back window:
Of course, one finds these typical apartment blocks everywhere in Russia – so also here:
Finally, despite the obvious technical flaws I still like this photo, call it ‘putting the Oms in Omsk’ or something :).
We were then sent on our way, a simple process that involved a Russian sit-down ritual (ignoring the stressed westerners that were wanting to get to the train), a couple of neighbours with cars and a nerves-of-steel attitude towards making it on time to a station, food given to us to take along, and a prolonged and curious goodbye at the station (of course we made it in time, these candles aren’t burnt for St Nicholas for nothing).
And so, we were on our way, again, this time for an even longer train leg; Omsk to Irkutsk in an afternoon-night-all day-night leg for a total of approximately 44 hours and 2046 km.