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- Airport Transportation
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... m sure we'd all agree) into our Russian pot noodles - not bad actually. On my birthday, our carriage shared a chocolate cake that Dave had somehow managed to smuggle in his bag from Yekaterinburg, along side a bottle of champagne that had been hiding out since London - I'm surprised neither got smashed by the pony he's also got me, though he's saving that revelation for Mongolia (right, David?). We lit the candles on the platform (plenty ...
... to our Hostel (Titmouse House!) about 9:30am local time. Basic, but still better than the St Petersburg one.
Just for interest the references to ‘local time’ are to help us stay aware of the fact that the trains operate on ‘Moscow’ time. I have my wrist-watch set for ‘Moscow’ time while the phones automatically change to the 6 local time zones we are travelling through).
Had a shower ...
... on Moscow time (-5hrs).
Peter speaks very little English but fortunately Andrea has good English and along with Ds German we learn about Peters love for his div 2 German football team. Peter has lots of accessories with the team's purple livery on, glasses case, toothbrush, bottle opener and a mascot sheep called Shaun who is dressed up to the eyeballs in purple team livery including baby booties! We introduce Shaun to Dax (German for badger) and there are lots of laughs ...
... my sheets off the angry provonistva I can make my bed and sleep.
The next day I'm awoken far too soon by loud whispering, but I can only hear one half of the conversation so I assume the guy is on the phone. As the conversation seems to be lasting forever I take a peak from under my blindfold/eye mask and see that it's a lad talking to his mum, and she's just that much better at talking in a hushed voice than he is! Eventually the train begins to pull out ...
... English and passed them back to her. She looked dismissively at them, shouted something else in Russian, thrust the tickets to me and gestured that we should leave her window. One of the scarier moments in Russia.
By this point of the trip we decided that we were seasoned veterans to life on the rails, and therefore travelled plazkart (3rd class), which consisted of a carriage with lots of bunk beds, and no seperate cabins. The train was surprisingly modern and ...