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Moscow to Irkutsk

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And so to the train.
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Our little compartment was remarkably comfortable (helped by some tactical swapping ensuring neat and tidy girls were sharing). Of course, the first night had to be greeted with vodka and despite persuading our 'providnik' Sacha to join in, the boys' volume did incur the wrath of a couple of less lenient carriage attendants. The Russians seemed bemused, the other foreigners grateful to pass the time with English speakers.

The time didn't drag as I thought it would and the feeling of relaxation was complete- there was no other option. Days merged: sleep, read, eat, repeat. To add confusion to the sense of timelessness, the trains run on Moscow time but by the end of our 5193km we were 5 hours East of that. Each carriage had a samovar providing hot water for instant noodles, mashed potato and tea served in the traditional glasses we borrowed.

The scenery varied gradually- forest after forest, with the odd river or church providing some respite. Every few hours there was a longer stop where we were allowed off the train and ran to find a stable toilet and the babushkas selling their wares.

I'm not sure I could have managed any longer and I was grateful to be in 2nd class rather than the open bunks of 3rd, but it was an unmissable experience that taught me the effect of vodka goes much MUCH further on a moving train.

Posted by arianemeena 20:00 Archived in Russia

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