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... hills, in Russia's part.
After 120 km, the stop was in the nowhere, beside a restaurant, they had no rooms or bed there, so my stay had to be in the tent!
While setting it up, lots of people came along, wondering where I am up to, normally taking the standard picture together.
After a rich meal in the restaurant, I had no problem to fall quickly asleep in my tent, if only the getting out of the ...
... the coach was stopped again to check our documents. In all situations except for HKSAR and Macau SAR citizens, the boarder control would have stamped on the passport; for us, they do that digitally so that there is another complication that the officer had to collect our Home Return Permit and to ask for higher rank officers for permit to "release" us. At that point, the driver was so annoyed and strolled to us and told us to show ...
We arrived at Zabaykalsk at about half 5 in the morning. It was the 3rd day in a row we saw the sunrise. After getting off the train, we followed the stream of passengers and arrived at a bridge which crossed the railway station to the coach station. We took the coach where most Chinese chose (we could speak Mandarin). Everything was so swift, or put it this way, in a rush. The coach to the boarder line cost 100 rubles, then we needed ...
... the kids have a makeshift outdoor icerink and are skating and playing hockey which is interesting to see.
Stock up on lunch supplies from a surprisingly well stocked little shop and go back to the station, eat, then (still passportless) the train arrives back in the station about 3 hours after we arrived, so we get back on the train.
Customs inspect our compartment (we have to leave whilst they do this), then our passports ...
... air, snacks and beer, and to watch the provodnitsas knocking ice off the train, waited for it to be beer o'clock, read a bit, i mended my jeans and made the leopard book cover (which very much intrigued the girls in our carriage!)
When we were in the compartment on our own we spent a lot of time looking out of the window - we passed Lake Baikal which was frozen and beautiful. Amazing just to see ice ice and more ice.
The beds are hard but ...