Novosibirsk is not known as one of the great stopping-off points on the Trans-Siberian railway, with some justification, as there are no real interesting "sights" here. However it is a pleasant place to live and as I am busy here I am enjoying the stay. On a sunny day the nicest part of the city is by the river, where there is a promenade with a fairground (fairground rides are very popular in Russia, and can be found in all parks and other communal areas), and a view of the bridge over which the Tran-Siberian train travels. Nearby there is a monument to Alexander IIl, who built the railway and responsible for Novosibirsk's existence (there is also a monument to him in Irkutsk).
Aside from that there are a few pretty churches, though the same sorts of buildings exist - usually more grandly - elsewhere in Russia, and a few museums. I would like to return in winter to see it under snow and just to experience what -40 degrees feels like!
I have quit my job, said au revoir to my family and friends, taken a deep breath, and set off on the trip of a lifetime: the Trans-Siberian railway.
This blog is a way of keeping myself amused during the long time away and, of course, keeping in touch with aforementioned and much-missed friends and family!... full info