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... there are 36 souls in this car. The
provodnitsas (mother hens) also shuttle us off and on at the stations
and keep a watchful eye on us to make sure we don't end up with an
unexpected sentence in Siberia – the train keeps to a tight
schedule and will not wait for wayward chicks.
Actually, summer here would be quite
survivable if one was left behind. It's cooler than Moscow and St.
Petersburg, the fields are green and resplendent ...
... a point of expressing her displeasure at a passenger in the adjoining cabin who was snoring loudly so we agreed. Very bad we said!
About 30 minutes after that I met Mr. Snorer in the corridor who was VERY chatty but unfortunately only in Russian (what is wrong with these people!). About the best way I can think of describing him is ‘Like a John Rogerson (Carol’s Dad) on Steroids and after he has had a few’. Got away as quickly as I ...
... girl got off the train and the helicopter helped her with her luggage. I was sure they exchanged numbers because earlier they we're chatting quite a bit and she was giggling a lot. We had the last of the noodles that night and I went to bed quite early. One reason being because we had the longest day I out lives (we'd gained three hours that day and the sun doesn't go down until quite late in this area of the world so it was 20 hours of daylight), and also ...
... fluffy things that look more like Dad and Jo's pets than working dogs. Weird. After arriving at the Mongolian/Russian border at 5.30am, it wasn't until 3.30pm that we departed, but then the miles rolled by. We stopped at a few minor stations, including one in which I tried to get a photo of our train from the front - but the police officers carrying machine guns didn't look very approachable so I thought I'd best leave it. Jess and I have discovered an app (currently free) ...
... we didn't speak much but the girl was amazing, I've seen her a few times around the station stops and on the train and somehow she manages to look impeccably beautiful and fresh every time I see her, the rest of us weren't so fresh looking all the time! We all spoke to each other for a bit and noted that every evening when it was dinner time it was just the 7 of us that would be there! As far as I knew, there was only one other foreign tourist still on ...
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