We split up into four cabins for our five hour ride to Tyumen.
The landscape was familuar at this point. Birch and pine lined the tracks with occasional breaks for fields, towns, small farms and country highways. The later filled eith heavy cargo trucks miving from city to city. Electrical easements were wide andsubstantial indicating huge ususge at some point in the conveyence. There are a lot of people out here. Siberia, as in the lore most of us hsd in our minds is s whole different experience.
Arriving in Tyumen we were met at the station by our guide and escorted to our hotel. Tyumen is not a tourist town. We are here to break up an otherwise 26 hour train ride. This is an industrial city. Think a very big mining, oil, and technical center with lots of workers. Kinda like the north slope of Alaska...only huge!! Tomorrow should be interesting.
The balance of the evening was free to relax. We went to a lical cafe/bar. Dud it sll in Russian. We be pros at this now!!!