One of my favorite ways of showing a place is through pictures! I identify most with pictures, much more than words or videos. So, here is an attempt to present the city of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia through my most preferred medium.
The first picture is my favorite as it was one of my first glimpses of the city center. This was the view from my 8th Floor corridor window (not room) at the Novotel Krasnoyarsk hotel and what a lovely view it was!
In spite of reading and researching before I went to Siberia, I was stilling clinging to my myth, of Siberia being under snow for the whole year! But after seeing flowers and greenery throughout, I was forced to change my opinion.
I was lucky to see the vibrant City Day celebrations at Krasnoyarsk. The weather was mild and people were in a festive mood. People were out in numbers in the streets.
Krasnoyarsk is a modern city but there are quirky old wooden buildings and doors interspersed right through the city center and they are such a delight!
Talking about quirky reminds me of Yushin Brothers which is a barber shop which doubles up as a bar! It is the most interesting barbershop I have ever visited! In the picture above is the seating area of the bar, the barber shop is on the other side.
I will also remember Yushin Brothers for the fantastic people we met there including Denis Yushin and Baba Lena.
Siberia is high on natural beauty and Krasnoyarsk is no exception. This is a random shot that I took near Bobrovy Log Fun Park!
Bobrovy Log itself offers hiking and a tryst with nature even though it is a fun park primarily. However, the most popular attraction around Krasnoyarsk is Stolby.
Stolby Nature Reserve is popular with rock climbers. But it has great hiking opportunities even without serious rock climbing.
I was lucky to win a seat in the Follow Up Siberia contest for their second tour. Their is still one last tour to Siberia left with them, do check it out.
Being in my mid forties, there are times when I question my life choices! I wonder what will happen to me when I get too old to travel. At times I already feel too old, particularly on a fast paced FAM trip.
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All my doubts vanished when I met the 91 year old travel inspiration, Elena Erkhova from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. She is an Instagram sensation but she is even more sensational in real life. Right after meeting her, I told myself that the next time I started doubting my ability to travel, I would kick myself!
I had the pleasure of meeting Baba Lena as she is affectionately known, at the Yushin Brothers in Krasnoyarsk. I visited Krasnoyarsk with Follow Up Siberia after winning a seat in their second contest. It was wonderful evening where our hosts had arranged for us to meet various local people.
Baba Lena herself started traveling at the age of 83 “as she didn’t have the time or money to do so earlier.” (Quoted in the Moscow Times, do read the full article here). She has been extensively covered in the English media you just need to search her name.
It was a pleasure to hear Baba Lena talk. She had the floor in raptures with her stories though we got to understand her via our charming translator Lucy Dobrynina. One of her statements that stands out was “take everything from life, it is short!”
I went to greet Baba Lena after her talk and took a selfie with her. I generally don’t binge on selfies but I genuinely wanted one with her. We could not talk much because of the language barrier but the affection was unmistakable! She held my hands and asked which country I was from? I told her in English that she was an inspiration.
We had a group photo (first photo in this post) and then she climbed down the stairs with a young man who I presume to be her grand son (also seen in the selfie above)!
The next time you see me cribbing about my age, agility, capability to travel just remind me of this post! Meeting Baba Lena has been one incredible experience on the trip to Ktasnoyarsk, Siberia!
I have a love/fear relationship with adventure. Before the adventure begins I fear it a little (OK sometimes a lot) but I love it after I am done with it. But the zip line or the zip rider is one activity I can approach without fear for the simple reason that I have done it many times in the past. I have done in over the sea in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and surrounded by the tress in Chiang Mai, Thailand! I had no inkling that I would be going on the zip rider in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia too.
The length of the zip line at the Bobrovy Log Fun Park is about 760 meters (2490 feet) and the top speed is 88 kmph (55 mph). Four people can ride side by side and we all were from the Follow Up Siberia group! And you get to go up a ski lift to reach the Zip Riding point.
I did not approach the station with my heart thudding in my mouth as I have lived to tell the the tale in all my past encounters! I presumed this was not going to be any different! However, it was for the first time that I was trying to make a video on my GoPro as I was flying on the line!
I did strap the camera to my wrist just to be sure that it would not fall in the abyss below even by mistake. I did not find it unduly difficult to use the camera on the go!
I had no idea before I heard myself that I scream and laugh so much during the ride! I am glad that I had the presence of mind to do something with the camera! I think it is fun to get the experience on the video! Here is having many more such screaming experiences across the globe!