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... etc. I wonder what it would be like doing this journey with long hours of daylight? The dining car sells fresh, nutritious and interesting food! It's not cheap, consequently it's mostly empty so a good place to hang out. I don't know why but they also sell vodka - we experienced some rather drunk soldiers getting a little too friendly with the female staff. You often get the feeling that vodka is too cheap in Russia. Like vodka train travel is not ...
... to check paper - they love paper! Productivity must be low. GDP per capita is around USD18,000 compared with Malaysia at 17,500, Chile 19,100 and Argentina 18,600. From an ATM it's hard to draw more than 6000 Roubles, which is around AUD135.00. This makes me think that living costs are reasonable. We have found that meals are inexpensive. For example, (for 5 people, eating adult sized meals and having coffees, a beer, wine etc) dinner is about ...
... kilometers to the north. Fortunately, we didn't have to change trains, but it did take some time for ours to switch tracks at the switch yard. We arrived in Tomsk in the late morning and promptly boarded a city tram to our hostel. As we approached the place, the building reminded me of the TV show "Good Times" for some reason. It was a tall, grimy building that resembled my perception of a 1970s intercity tenament. We entered and climbed several floors before ...
... use the bathroom or to congregate. It was a disaster and the bathroom so close made for some less than ideal odors. Spent the day waiting for a station to buy cold water or ice cream and trying nap as much as possible. Night two was no better.
Didn't sleep much at all as the soldiers kept opening and closing the door all night. Eventually they all went to sleep...around 5am. Train arrived in Irkutsk around ...
... was given back to me so I had to remake my bed.
For those who have never travelled on the train, it is a little like this. There is a mad rush to enter the train. Instead of a family saying goodbye to a relative on the platform, they board the train and cause further congestion. You are given a small space (3rd class) on an open carriage holding 60 beds. Two upper and lower beds around a table and perpendicular ...