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... airports are doing.
Unless a train is leaving soon, which happens in this station maybe once a day, the station halls are spunky empty. People around are manly station workers and lots of police and security officers.
They say nothing, but seem to follow you everywhere around you go.
The use of the a pad or phone becomes a problem to, because there are no power points to charge them. If one can be spotted, it's just near the ceiling with no way to reach, ...
... the Pale of Settlement, that region which housed
the core of global Jewish life for over 500 years.
The destructive forces of the breakdown of Europe in the early 20th century
hit the Jews like a Class 5 hurricane. Lucky for us, our grandparents headed
to the U.S. Six million Jews of Europe (including many of their family
members) did not get out in time. Another 3 million got locked up in the
We visit 95-year-old Alexander ...
... recently released from a Ukrainian prison following the departure of the deposed president from Kiev. But that’s about all we hear of the Ukrainian crisis during our time on the train
We leave the station in Vladivostok just before dinner and by breakfast the following morning, we’re in Khabarovsk, the capital of Russia’s Far East, known as the "world’s coldest city of over half a million people"! ...
... nothing has ever happened there ever. Hardly any villages out there either. We are still in the permafrost zone, meaning that the ground is frozen all year round, although at this latitude the top thaws out at this time of year, resulting in the marshy taiga landscape.
China is currently only 40km to the south of here. The train line skirts the border with China as the line was constructed when soured relations with ...
I was right, dammit! We lost more time, in fact, ending up something like 4 hours late, though juggling time zones to work it out sometimes confused me. Trick is to just work in Moscow time, as the timetable does, and the iPod makes that easy. But then distracts me with Seattle, London, Tokyo and Khabarovsk times. Some of those are even relevant. I saw it as bonus time on the train, or at least did while not fending off small person attentions. ...