I couldn’t spend a Saturday night in a hostel room, especially when there’s a new city to explore! It was 10pm the time I was freshened up, but my room mate Эдуард (Edward) was up for a quiet pint so out we went.
Ed is from the Altaiski Krai, working away from home. He didn’t take much persuading to come out! We found a quiet pub come restaurant with an Octoberfest special of beers and cold meats. It was great for an hour or so, but then a DJ cranked up the music and it turned into a disco. Oh dear!
On the way back we called into the Black Cat bar, more or less a shipping container with a bar at one end. There was a metal band on who were petty good, I liked the head banging bass player the best. He made me laugh!
It was a microcosm of human behaviour the world over. As I watched from the sidelines I saw all the usual events unfolding. A couple arguing and making up, a young guy with too much to drink, a guy trying to chat up a girl and having no luck – friends shouting over the noise of the band. I could have been in any pub anywhere.