Thoughts Sans Boundaries

Numbed in Novosibirsk

Posted in photography, trans siberian, travel by Aditya Moorthy on March 29, 2010

Traveling over 12,000 kilometers by train across a vast country like Russia leaves you with countless impressions that I’m afraid will fade over time. Photos can be a great trigger to get those memories back and little snippets of experiences that make the journey worthwhile.

Traveling from Irkutsk to Ekaterinburg, we stopped at several small stations along the way, met wonderful people, shared stories about our lives and philosophised about many things under the sun. One such person was Ilya who spoke a little bit of English and worked in a coal mine in northern Siberia with temperatures going below -60 celsius. Ilya was a nice companion who said something that made a lot of sense to us as our journey progressed. According to him, Siberia was the heart of Russia, Ekaterinburg the intellect, St. Petersburg the face of Russia and Moscow its wallet. How very true! Below is a photo of him when he said goodbye in Novosibirsk station.

I especially like this photo even though it wouldn’t stand a chance for quality photography. It was one of the very few pictures we have of Ilya, and the picture gives a surreal feeling with the wind and snow, late in the evening mixed with happiness and sadness of forming new friendship and parting quite shortly.

Surreal moment in the station. Bidding goodbye to Ilya. Novosibirsk, Russia, 18th February 2010

(L to R) @aish, @nat, @ilya and @pradeep

Update: Extremely saddened by the bomb blasts in Moscow. We were there in the Lubyanka station more than once while commuting within the city. May the dead rest in peace and their kith and kin be able to bear the loss of their dear ones. Violence is never the answer for any problem. It is sheer madness and we can only hope for a society in future that is free of violence and people matured enough to deal differences through dialogue.


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  1. nat said, on March 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    The Siberian Town was called Yakutia I am right.

  2. Aditya Moorthy said, on March 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Yep, you are correct. The northern Siberian town that Ilya works in is called Yakutia. Thanks @nat

  3. Vi said, on March 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Guys, may I specify. Yakutia is nothern Siberian country with the capital called Yakutsk (sounds like Irkutsk)

  4. Aditya Moorthy said, on March 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Interesting… I guess I must have gotten the name wrong then. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Nat said, on March 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Ah, Russian geography. Thanks vi, for clarifying the difference. I guess ilya mentioned Yakutia, should have checked which city he was from. But then, my zero Russian did not help 😦

    need to stare at the atlas a bit more now.

  6. Vi said, on March 31, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    All for you)))

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