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Travel Blogs from Krasnoyarsk
Train 10... Novosibirsk > Irkutsk 36 hours (GMT +7)
Boarding the train (in the now small hours) D informs me she is a little nervous about this leg, to which I point out...'but you say that before EVERY leg!' ;)
However good bunk chums does make or break a journey, so the nerves are understandable. Boarding the train we are met by a real dragon of a provanista. She is short and stocky, a heavy smoker in her 50s, has no neck and the usual peculiar hair do, this ...
... You would not believe what else the venders are trying to sell us, everything from smoked fish?? hung on a hangers, smoked chicken??, croissant and meat?? The beers are cold so must be drunk immediately back to our favourite corridor where Bill produces some pistachio nuts and we all spend a pleasant few hours drinking and talking while throwing nut shells out the window. Our sleep last night was just as uncomfortable, we are still not getting used to the parcel shelf firmness. ...
... dad, saying what I assume means that we look alike. Then she points at my notebook, and at the view out the window, am I writing about what I see? I nod yes, more or less. Then we pull into the station and I help her get her bag to the platform and, now that she's no longer a stranger, she's gone.
I escape to the dining car again - it's empty, again - and ask for a cheese sandwich and a water so I can sit there while charging my phone. The cheese sandwich arrives. ...
... and out along the channel that leads to the Baltic Sea. I can only imagine the beauty that those who arrive to the city by boat view as they travel in the baltic sea.
People working were removing a protective cover that was on every evergreen tree that lined the canal, painting railings, cleaning fountains, and reconstructing parts of the palace. There was a definite humm of busy around us. ...
... use to it. I’m sure there are many travellers who have sat, bleary
eyed waiting for their train to appear at 2am when in reality, it will only be
there 4 hours later! It takes a good
while to deal with the ‘jet lag’ because every time you off a train it’s one
hour later than it was when you got on the train – do this 3 or 4 times in a
row and your body is quite baffled!!
Just before our train pulled ...