The magnificent Novosibirsk Railway Station

Nina the Nerpa visits the capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk

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Being a Siberian, Nina the Nerpa thought that she should visit the capital of her region, Novosibirsk. She had heard a lot about the city and was glad to pay a visit to the capital of Siberia at last.

Early in her city exploration, Nina visited Lenin Sqaure and caught her first glimpse of the famed Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. A view of this theatre certainly set Nina’s little mind dancing about future possibilities. She pondered what  the theatre might look like inside and what performances may grace the stage.

 

Lenin Proudly Poised in front of the Opera and Ballet Theatre
Lenin Proudly Poised in front of the Opera and Ballet Theatre

 

Coming from Lake Baikal, Nina is used to lots of ice since the Lake adorns a hat of ice for several months each year. Nina was glad to see intricate ice parks in Novosibirsk and see the local children having lots of fun in them.

 

Ice Park
Ice Park

 

Snow Sculptures
Snow Sculptures

 

As she wandered around Novosibirsk Nina found more and more wonderful examples of snow and ice art. There were ice slides for the capital’s children to have plenty of fun on. For the adults and kids alike there were some magnificent snow sculptures to admire too.

 

Ice Slide
Ice Slide

 

Turtle Snow Sculpture
An aquatic friend of Nina’s

 

Snow Sculpture
Snow Sculpture

 

As an avid traveller, Nina is often found at railway stations. Many stations are low key buildings simply serving a functional purpose but others stand out. Novosibirsk Railway Station is certainly one of those stations that stick in the memory. Nina’s little eyes lit up with adoration when she saw the delightful main railway station in Novosibirsk. To her, it oozed aesthetic appeal.

 

The magnificent Novosibirsk Railway Station
The magnificent Novosibirsk Railway Station

 

Nina by the River Ob
Nina by the River Ob

 

A city vista during the festive period
A city vista during the festive period

 

Central Park
Central Park

 

Nina’s city exploration also took her to Central Park where she discovered lots of possibilities. She saw some enticing fairground rides and spotted a ferris wheel. She saw lots of people having a variety of fun in the park including horse and cart rides, children being pushed on sleds and ice skaters making great use of the ice rink.

 

Fairground Ride
Fairground Ride

 

 

Ferris Wheel in Central Park
Ferris Wheel in Central Park

 

Nina likes ups more than downs :-)
Nina likes ups more than downs 🙂

 

Fortunately, time allowed for Nina to visit a local ice rink and undertake some ice hockey spectating. It is such a fast moving sport and gripping to watch.

 

Ice Hockey Spectating
Ice Hockey Spectating

 

During the festive period, the city of Novosibirsk is adorned with plenty of festive decorations including christmas trees in the centre and outside and inside shopping malls.

 

Nina having a very special Festive Feeling
Nina having a very special Festive Feeling

 

Shopping Mall Festive Facade
Shopping Mall Festive Facade

 

Festive Decor in front of a Shopping Mall
Festive Decor in front of a Shopping Mall

 

As the third largest city in Russia, Novosibirsk has plenty of restaurants and bars for wining and dining. Nina was happy to visit a few and sample some local food and drink.

 

Nina sampling some local cuisine
Nina sampling some local cuisine

 

Nina relaxing at People's Bar
Nina relaxing at People’s Bar

 

 

Nina having fun in a small park
Nina having fun in a small park

 

Whilst it is interesting for Nina to spend time in the city she loves to get into the countryside and be as close to nature as possible. She was very happy to spend some time under the canopy of the taiga titans in a wood not too far from Novosibirsk (in Berdsk).

 

 

Nina playing with a pink pal in the woods
Nina playing with a pink pal in the woods

 

Nina getting ideas about what to do in the city
Nina getting ideas about what to do in the city

 

A trip to Novosibirsk would not be complete without a visit to the emblematic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Nina was very lucky to watch an excellent ballet performance in this grandiose building.

 

Nina with her ticket to the ballet
Nina with her ticket to the ballet

 

The foyer of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
The foyer of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

 

The stage of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
The stage of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

 

The Magnificent Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
The Magnificent Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre

 

Nina also took time out to visit some speaking clubs in the city. She was very happy to spend time with the wonderful crew of the Blah Blah meetup group. Nina says Привет (Hi) to Zhargal and everyone else: keep on celebrating the lure of languages.

 

 

Philharmonic Theatre
Philharmonic Theatre

 

Overall, Nina very much enjoyed her visit to Novosibirsk. She was able to experience a great diversity of sights and activities during the daytime. The nightlife offered plenty to do and see too. She would be happy to return to the capital of Siberia anytime.

 

Nina the Nerpa heading West en route to Bonnie Scotland
Nina the Nerpa heading West en route to Bonnie Scotland

 

Which countries do you think that Nina will visit next? Please leave a comment below.

 

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