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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Feeding monks in Laos

Every morning before the sunrise in the cities of Laos you can see the monks walking down the streets with baskets. People give food, mainly sticky rice and the monks pray for them. In Luang Prabang the morning procession has become a popular tourist attraction.
Here in Vientiane feeding monks is just a natural routine. We witnessed this humble procession at the bus station when we arrived from the North early in the morning by a sleeping bus.

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