Tobolsk, the old capital of Siberia. Russia

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Tobolsk is a small town North of Tyumen and it’s not well known outside Russia. However, Tobolsk can compete with many touristic cities in Russia and it’s worth coming to the town for 2-3 full days.

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In the days of the Tsar Ivan the Terrible (end of the 16th century) Tobolsk was the capital town in Siberia, wealthy and self-sufficient because Tobolsk was the main market of sable fur known as Siberian Gold. Later as most of the Siberian towns it became the place of exile for many Russian intellectuals and aristocrats including Dostoyevsky and the family of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

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Trekking to Buddhist monastery on Mt. Kachkanar, Urals, Russia

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On November 17th  2018 we went trekking to the highest peak of the Middle Urals, Russia and to see the only one in the Ural Mountains Buddhist Monastery Shedrub Ling on Mt. Kachkanar.

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St. Petersburg. FIFA World Cup 2018

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We arrived in St. Petersburg on the second day of the FIFA 2018. The day before Reza had come to Moscow from Istanbul and because he had a ticket to the football match in St Petersburg, he took a free train from the capital provided by RZD (Russian railways) during the FIFA Cup. The night train was super cool, with two floors and second class compartments. You seldom see such trains on the Trans-Siberian route let alone for free! Needless to say that all the passengers were football fans with tickets to the match in St. Petersburg so the atmosphere was great and they were drinking all night long. It was Reza’s first time in Russia and his first time seeing the white nights.

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Football Fans from Brazil in front of the Hermitage

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