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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. ...
... 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 ...
... pulled into platform 3! We followed a bunch of Dutch backpackers who seemed to know what they where doing, and then we were on. First impressions of the cabin was how tiny it was......for 7 days with two strangers. Soon after we put our bags down our new cabin-mate Rick from The Netherlands turned up, with his perfect English which was a relief. Also the fourth bunk is empty so we have more room for stuff. We poured some whiskey and had a toast as the ...