Ploshad Lenina

Welcome to the central square, naturally called Lenin Square, of Novosibirsk, Russia. Novosibirsk ranks as the third largest city in Russia after St. Petersburg and Moscow, and is the capital of Siberia, a region of Russia that lies east of the Ural mountains.  Technically this region known as Siberian Federal District cuts off a bit further east of Lake Baikal following the borders of Federal Subjects (kind of like the states of the USA or Bundesländer of Germany) and then Dalnij Vostok, or the Far East begins, with better-known locations like Vladivostok and the Kamchatskij Kraj. However, for most unfamiliar with the Russian technicalities, the entire landmass beyond European Russia is most generally and historically referred to as Siberia.

Novosibirsk, first called Novonikolaievsk, was founded in 1893 on the Ob River. Soon after a bridge was constructed over the great Ob River and the Trans-Siberian Railway, which was built between 1891 and 1916 to connect Moscow with Vladivostok, began running through Novosibirsk. Through the early twentieth century Novosibirsk expanded rapidly in industry and population and actually earned the name Novij Chicago, or New Chicago.

homemade bird feeders from jars and bottles are everywhere
view of the central square in Novosibirsk with the theater in the background
a snow-profile on the square
the opera and ballet theater
my boyfriend being a local and fearlessly climbing all the plowed snow piles
Lenin and I



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