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Well the train journey wasn't that bad.
I was travelling Kupe - 2nd class, which is 4 people to a compartment.
There was a young Australian lad in my compartment who was on a world tour and on his way home via Vladivostock and Japan.
He was having a nervous breakdown as he thought he was going to miss the train and had difficulty finding the train station and train.
I think he had also ...
... but I didn't see anybody's belongings being challenged.
We had been warned that it was illegal to bring food from the ship on our trip, but no one seemed to be scrutinized for contraband.
The train was sleek and modern. Our tickets were for economy (second) class, which meant fewer creature comforts including smaller seats that didn't recline as much, no free wi-if or shoe cleaning services.
But the ...
... the entire cemetery. I spent about two hours walking around in the heat. Afterward I decided to walk north along the Moskva river to the Bogdan Khmelnitsky Bridge and cross, proceeding to explore the Kiev railway station and the mall next door, which provided a delightful reprieve from the intense heat. After chilling out for a while I started waking toward the kremlin. After walking for about about a mile I found a metro station and returned to the apartment for ...
... thud. Alexey and the Cossack look impressed and that's good enough for us. The whole experience only cost us £25 each and is an early highlight of the trip - it was great fun and helped with the culture shock as we were able to communicate mostly through actions and a few words of each other's language. After paying, we went to leave, but Alexey saw someone he knew who spoke English and stopped us in the doorway so that we could finally have a conversation. We ...
... our sight seeing completed we head back to our hotel looking like two drowned rats and hoping we dry out before its time to head to the airport! We even manage to go the wrong way on the train so find ourselves back tracking to get our way home. Our airport journey a good 1.5 hours in a taxi, peak hour on a Saturday? Mother Russia....we have enjoyed nearly every moment here and hope to come back again some day. Moscow was certainly the highlight ...