Leaving Tobolsk.

Visiting Tobolsk required a detour from the main path of Trans-Siberian railways but surely it was worthy. However, as you can see in the small map, now that I have to go to Omsk I need first to reach Tyumen to get the main Trans-Siberian line and from there catch another train to Omsk. Yekaterinburrg->Tobolsk->Tyumen->OmskI have in plan to go to Tyumen during the day, spending the entire afternoon and evening there and then catching the night train to Omsk that leaves around midnight, local time. In order to avoid problems with schedule of trains that as we know follows Moscow Time I decided to keep my watch on that timezone leaving mobile phones on local time. I’m a bit lazy in the morning and in the end I prefer to take a taxi to the railway station that is quite far from the centre. My taxi driver is a nice lady on a private car but she has a very aggressive way of driving. Since I don’t need to sleep I took a third class ticket but this one is different from the one I got on the way to Yekaterinburg, there are also berths, a lot of berths! Basically for each compartment there are six beds: four located transversally and two on the direction of travel, of course arranged on two levels. On my place the berth is not open so I can use it as a bench and sit. I have also a power socket all for me and I’m close to the window. Not so bad in the end. As usual train arrives on perfect time in Tyumen and leaving the luggage is not a complicate matter so I’m quickly ready to visit the town.

A perfect combination: time for circus.

The photographer of the Russian railways I met in Yekaterinburg knew pretty well Tyumen and suggested me an itinerary around town that should be nice and interesting and I would like to follow it. Circus in the rainI didn’t keep under proper consideration weather conditions that instead look quite bad. I’m following the main avenue connecting Railway Station to the river and while I’m close to building of the circus it starts to rain. Bad story. What I can do here if it rains? I check if by chance there is a show at the circus and I’m very lucky. Clowns on a fancy carOne show will start in about one hour. Just perfect. I buy the ticket, I go to quickly eat something, Georgian of course, and then I’m ready for my second Russian Circus Experience. I have to say that I’m not a big fan of Circus but in Russia is a completely different story. Here they’re crazy for it. Quick changing dressIn any big town there is a dedicated building aimed to host circus shows and the quality is usually very high. I saw it once in Moscow and now I’m going to see it again here. The show however is made by a Moscow company, the Nikulin Circus, a very famous and old one (est. 1880). As usual there are a lot of children. My sit is in top central position so I can take a lot of pictures. Act with camelsIn Moscow this was forbidden but here everything looks more relaxed. The show starts with a dance act and then is the turn of a couple of funny clowns. Numbers are following one after the other without any break. Acrobats together with clowns and animals are pillars of the circus so we have also them but is the next number the most amazing to me. A bear as a goalkeeperA lady that is dancing and at the same time is quickly changing her dresses. I understand of course that she has all dresses on at the same time in layered way but nevertheless even taking pictures at high speed I can’t see the evidences. The circus show is made of two parts. First one features still an act with camels then another one with acrobats and finally a long one with bears. Now I have to say something. Acrobats and dancersI’ve talked already about condition of bears in captivity in my previous post about Transylvania after visiting the Libearty Sanctuary and of course I would prefer to know that bears are free in the wild but I can’t deny than number with bears is simply great. They are incredible. I really do hope that in order to reach this kind of ability the tamer has to treat them well. End of showLooking at them it comes to my mind that the bear in Masha and the Bear is a retired circus “actor”. Who knows if in Russia where bear is a beloved animal the one working at circus have a place like the one in Romania for their “retirement”. I have a lot of time to think about these things because after the bears’ act there is a long pause. Second half of the show starts with a number featuring classical and modern dance mixed with exercises of acrobats. A strange mix but pretty captivating. Among the following acts there are many other with animals: small horses, crocodile, parrots. In the show I saw in Moscow there were just tigers here instead use of animals is much higher. The clowns are involving the audience some time with additional fun. In short this is a very well done show and you don’t need to know Russian to enjoy it. I was happy of choosing to come. As I said elsewhere, no trip to Russia can be considered complete without going at the Circus.

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