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... of water. The Russian officials finally came on to check our passports and exit papers, that was after being asked if we had anything to declare. We had to get out of the cabin so they could search our belongings for smuggled goods. This happens a lot apparently. Of course we didn't have any! We were told to get on the train at 4.30pm for all this and were not allowed off and no ...
... to get back on the train when it was due to leave. Initially Galina would just shout at us (in English) "Get on!", but over the 4 days she seemed to warm to us a little and by the last day we got "Get on now, please!".
After 4 nights on board we arrived in Irkutsk, which I could place on a map from playing Risk as a kid. As we left the train our provodnitsas and the kitchen staff were waving and smiling, possibly because ...
... disappear and forest begins.
The trees are not dense, but the path is narrow and my knees tell me we are going uphill fast. There are bobcats, snakes and bear here, and I wonder what to do if I were to jump around some tree, and face a bear.
Years ago in Alaska I read detailed instructions: a bear can outrun, outswim and outclimb you. Don't run, because it hones his hunting instincts. In stead, lay on your belly on the ground, and cover your neck with your hands. "... ...
... have to walk to the end of the train and cross the railway tracks with their suitcases and bags. You will have to wait until Rick has computer access to see photos from the train! On this, the middle one of our five long overnight journeys, we have gained another 2 hours, so are now 5 hours ahead of Moscow time, which is what trains run in, and 7 hrs ahead of BST. The station clock in each town is set in Moscow time, and ...
... lucky on this trip to have Chinese staff. 'Jackie Chan', as we nicknamed him, welcomed us on board with a smile and 'how are you?' and showed us to our cabin. As we are on the train for 4 nights/3 days we opted for a little comfort and are travelling first class in our own cabin. This 2.5m square cabin absorbs bunk beds, a single seat, a table, a small wardrobe and.....a shower room, which is shared with the cabin next door- Jack and Jill ...