Norilsk city at night

Norilsk city at night

Norilsk city after midnight is a night stroller’s dream.  A friend told me that he would often take a short nap and go out at midnight to enjoy a sleeping city filled with atmosphere, deserted spaces, panoramic vistas, and distant expanse of water.

Time is different at night in sleeping Norilsk

Norilsk is so crowded during the day that is hard to enjoy it, At night the real city is laid bare, seemingly forgotten and empty, even while occupying the same physical space of the daytime Norilsk. I came to think of the city after midnight as “night city” with its own culture and realities. But this Norilsk is inviting.

Norilsk city at night

Norilsk city at night

It’s a wonderful feeling , going out in the dark, and having Norilsk gradually reveal itself. I’ve enjoyed most in spaces which are crowded during the day.

I walk miles in Norilsk at night and love it. It’s very peaceful, and it is a very safe city. Walking in the daytime here can be a difficult. I still love this city though, and walking through it after dawn is one of my favourite pastimes – especially during the summer when I could walk the streets freely without tons of clothes covering my body.

I had insomnia in Norilsk... and loved it!

Norilsk city at night

Norilsk city at night

The best part of exploring a Norilsk at night is the slight sense of being in an alternate world. The night smells different. It’s nice to be rewarded with the discovery of new places even if it’s only an all-night cafe.  I am something of an insomniac. My sleep pattern is very disrupted but I just embrace it and love enjoying Norilsk city at night.

The empty Norilsk at night feels like it’s yours

I love the neon whirl of Norilsk during a night stroll through older parts of the city, teeming with old neighbourhoods winding down for the evening. In the midst of all the activity, there is always this sense of calm.

I write now and then and I find I get so much inspiration from the ebb and flow of Norilsk in the night-time. I love wandering between streets, finding the hidden connections, and all the hidden neighbourhoods and goings-on that exist in between.

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