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Stop 4 - Tyumen & train to Irkutsk


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Our next stop was the city of Tyumen and to be honest I am not entirely sure why we thought spending three days here was a good idea. Whilst I'm sure the city is great to live in and would do fine as a stopover on the Trans-Siberian for a night to have a shower and bed, there really is not all that much going on here. We mostly chilled in our hostel (which luckily was pretty nice) Skyped our families and took some long walks to the limited number of 'attractions'.

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We had read about a square with lots of cat statues so decided to pay it a visit. From a little online research we found out that these statues were a memorial to the cats from Siberia that had been sent to St Petersburg shortly after the blockade was lifted in WW2 to try to control the rat population. The number of rats had grown out of control due to the fact that few cats survived the blockade. The Siberian cats sent over were very successful hence the decision to build the statue to recognise their part in the war.

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We also found this little square which was kinda cool...

We walked almost an hour to have a look at the "Lover's Bridge"...

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After 3 days of doing really not a lot (although finding it all pretty funny) we boarded the train for a 40something hour journey to our next stop Irkutsk. This time we were in third class, also known as Platzkart, meaning we were sharing a carriage with 50 or so others. This photo was taken a few minutes before an entire children's ice Hockney team boarded the train. They had just won silver at an 8 day tournament and we had a funny evening chatting to their slightly drunk, celebratory parents.

Posted by Chloemillen92 07:33 Archived in Russia Tagged russia trans-siberian siberia tyumen

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