Monday, September 01, 2008

Sister City-Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia

Novosibirsk (Russian: Новосиби́рск, pronounced [nəvəsʲɪˈbʲirsk]) is Russia's third-largest city, after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. It is also the largest city in Siberia and the administrative center of Siberian Federal District, in the southwest where it is located.

A number of years ago I took students from our school in St. Paul as well as a small group from Duluth, Minnesota to Siberia to join students from Norway and the USSR for a winter trek that was filmed by the Soviet government for tourism purposes. This was before the break-up of the Soviet territories. There were hundreds of students that walked or cross-country skied from village to village. As you can see from the photo, the Soviets took pity on me and gave me a sled pulled by reindeer that transported me from place to place. Villagers greeted us warmly and private homes housed the students overnight. During the evening the students from these different countries usually met in community centers for athletic competitions, recreational and cultural dances. It was a spectacular event, exhausting but spectacular.

The above image is a photograph from the trip. I have borrowed my son's printer and have no manual so I had to guess at the method to scan. I had not done this before but after several attempts I produced this acceptable, but not great, picture. Could be better, but here it is. I have good memories of this journey because of the friendliness of the people, despite the many hardships they had to endure during that period of history.

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25 comments:

  1. That must have been quite an experience and a cold one...I love that sledge!

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  2. What an exciting adventure for you Kate. I love the reindeer and the fur coat the person has on in the background.

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  3. How lucky you were! What a marvelous experience.

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  4. belle photo, et voilà une ville jumelée très originale. prévoir les moufles avant de faire un tour ;o)

    beautiful picture, and this is a very original twin city. provide mitts before making a turn :o)

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  5. What a fantastic experience!!! Must have been a bit tough ... but fantastic!

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  6. What a fabulous trip that must have been, Kate, if a little chilly. Lovely post for today's theme.

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  7. WOW KAte - that is wonderful - my favourite pic from today's collection so far. You look like Julie Christie in Dr Zhivago!

    Sydney Daily Photo

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  8. How exciting!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Kate. Lovely to see you.

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  9. Wow. That was some experience, Kate. I am sure you will never forget it or the interesting people who made you feel welcome. The photograph is excellent too.

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  10. You are certainly the winner in a contest of most exciting sister city, where one has been!

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  11. great photo and a fabulous memory

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  12. What a fantastic experience for you and the students; you were certainly dressed for the occasion - a great photo!

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  13. Looks really cold there!!!...

    I was inscribed in SISTER CITIES TO, but I didn't know I had to post on the 1st of September... Maybe I can post tomorrow!!!???

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  14. I don't agree with you and think your shot is very good!
    So, your sister city is a snowy one too...

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  15. Brilliant use of an older photo for a current theme day. It looks cold there to say the least!

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  16. Kate, how cool! It must have been a memorable experience on so many levels, not least the whole "santa Claus" bit! We registered for this theme, but the portal seems to have lost us, which is very frustrating!

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  17. I was commenting accidentally with my Google name even I have not any more such kind of blogs!
    But this URL: is working still:

    http://leejattas.aminus3.com

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  18. Hi Kate!!

    I had to look twice to make sure I was in the right blog haha You had me there - I thought I was on a russian blog - gosh you have been well traveled!! What a great shot and memories to boot! I guess one day I will get into the theme of things, but for now, Ill just enjoy yours!

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  19. Awesome photo and experience!

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  20. I spent one , make that ONE, winter in Neenah, Wisconsin. My humble opinion is that Siberia's and Minnesota's winters are probably very much the same. BBBRRRR
    Your students definitely had something in common with the young people in Siberia!

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  21. How exciting it was, I would imagine! Love your sled!

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  22. My company offered me a job there in the 90s. We might have met...

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  23. I was surprised to see the Sami flag on your blog. Now I am staying in northern Norway, there are quite a lot of Sami people living here.

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  24. Hello !

    Hey, le Père Noël a de l'avance !

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  25. Wow! a sister city in Siberia! What an interesting trip that must have been.

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