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... smokers to provide a light), among the Russian women selling smoked fish and filled breads that you can buy to eat for next train lunch. These platform stops also allow the train attendants to perform their rigorous safety checks, a highly technical process involving hitting bits of the train at random along its length with a hammer or a crow bar. Presumably, if something falls off or breaks, it's time for an MOT. Between meals and working ...
... the state hall, and enjoyed another sit down in the sun and some people watching.
Our train was at 4.15 and this journey was the big one. Forty eight hours from Irkutsk to Ekaterinburg. We settled into compartment seven of carriage 15 with our usual cabin makes but there was a slight change to our routine at dinner time. Having used up all of our Chinese noodles on the last train we decided to keep it local in Russia and bought some instant mashed potato that could ...
... then caught up on computer stuff. Carol trying to get our bookings changed at Irkutsk and Lake Baikal so that we have longer at the Lake but spend the last night at Irkutsk to make it easier to get the train 9am on next Sunday morning (Lake Baikal is 64km away from Irkutsk so trying to negotiate that on a Sunday morning, we figured, could result in our missing the train).
Because of organising bookings and snoozes etc. we ...
... With it being a much more relaxed kupe D get a better night's sleep on the train - I think we all do!
Most of the daytime is spent joking, snoozing, taking snaps of scenery and hoping off at station stops to pick up supply's from the kiosks or the local platform sellers with their hand made produce.
Later on we all head to the restaurant car for a drink, it turns out to be about 5 carriages up the train, which is quite tricky to navigate to, along corridors, ...
... station it was stopped in and the sounds helps to drown the whispering and I let the motion of the train lull me back to sleep.
When I wake up again there's more movement in the carriage. I awkwardly change into my clothes under the sheet, thinking that I might just stay in my clothes from now on. Next to me is a Russian lady, above her; her daughter, and above me; her son. In the beds facing us is a large lady in pink, and a over her; one of the many soldier boys ...