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... stick to tea with lots of sugar although instant noodles
appear to be a favoured bedtime snack with our cabin mates. The
provodnitsas (serious cleaners) keep their
9, Second Class cabins spotless. They vacuum and wash the windows in
the hall 2 or 3 times per day. At the other equally exciting end of
the car are the 2 toilets where the provodnitsa (she who rules) tag
teams with her partner on the cleaning duties. They keep the
washrooms very ...
... than a ‘description’.
She went to the next cabin with friends??? And didn’t come back for about 1.5 hours. Suited us. I had a sleep on the top bunk. When she came back in she had a sleep for about an hour. Finally we had to face up (can’t avoid it in those cabins). Carol, after a few attempts at trying out phrases from our ‘Handbook’, managed to get a couple of smiles and gradually the tension eased.
... I spent the rest of the day napping and dealing with a constant runny nose, swearing at the toilet paper which was running out. We finally stopped at a long stop and I went to the nearest shop to buy some tissues since we'd run out and all we had was rough toilet paper which was also running out. Sadly though it had no tissues but had toilet paper so I bought some and told myself I'll find the softest tissues possible when we get to Moscow. That evening ...
... holiday started with an enormous feeling of relief after leaving Mongolia on a possibly expired visa, which made the entry into Russia - including all the customs and immigration process - a comparative pleasure. The Russians take people smuggling much more seriously, demanding that I remove all 3 pieces of luggage from the overhead compartment, then poking around with a torch looking for hidden midgets. Their drug sniffing dogs, however, are not exactly intimidating. They ...
... or alluding to something with out explicitly saying it.) Whilst meeting Eric and Alex for dinner, I was also introduced to some of the other first class passengers. There was a German, Russian couple, the guy was a businessman of some sort and had an office in China. His wife spoke Russian which was convenient for the restaurant car and also when we ventured out on to the stations! There was also a French couple, they looked like they were in their early ...
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