Saturday, March 24, 2007

Hotel of the Week: Molodezhnaya

For all of you who are planning a trip to Omsk, consider the Molodezhnaya hotel. Looks fancy enough from the outside, (though at the same time, it appears as if the modern building is about to crash into that older specimen). They do seem to have saved a good portion of their funds by not specifying any art for the rooms. And it looks as though there's space dedicated for your latest business off-site. I'm not sure which businesses would need to go to Omsk; it is the home of SibGAFK, The Siberian Academy of Physical Culture - maybe representatives of gymnastic equipment manufacturers have their convention in Omsk. While the population of Omsk is over a million happy, and probably gelid, souls, there's some bad news for fans of public transportation. "A subway system, proposed in the late 1980s, but postponed for lack of funds, is currently under construction, with the Metro bridge over the Irtysh river. The bridge is already opened for cars (upper level), but the metro (lower level) is still under construction." Darn it. I also found this eerie description of Omsk, which I have copied-and-pasted here in its entirety: "Everyone who has once visited Omsk notices its openness and peculiarity."