The city of Chelyabinsk was the first city on my way to Irkutsk where I made a stop during the hitchhiking trip to Siberia in 2009. I had limited time to explore the city, since I was waiting for a call from the driver, who was going to drive me all the way to Novosibirsk. Yet, I liked Chelyabinsk with its new and old buildings and people wearing big fur hats. Chelyabinsk is the administrative center of Chelyabinsk Oblast of Russia and is located on the Miass river, just to the east of the Ural mountains. The city takes its name from the fortress of Chelyaba, which was built on the site in 1736.