Caught in a Snow Shaker

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Russia  , Siberia,
Friday, March 5, 2010

I got of the train before Erica woke and bought her bread and Yoghurt (admittedly I thought it was milk). Weather is beautiful now and the scenery is getting better and better. Today I had a little of a stomach loosening and although the first visit of the day went without incident I not long after needed another visit. Now the toilets on the Transsiberian are at either end of each carriage and are symmetrical in design. for example the women's is at the back of the train and the drop to the track goes down a chute at about a 45 degree angle. After doing the necessaries and using maybe a little too much toilet paper I pressed the pedal and obviously watched the deposit go down the chute towards the track at a 45 degree angle forwards. A word of warning though when travelling at high speed in a train where the toilet system opens up onto the track below beware of back draft from a slightly windward down pipe. AKA whilst the poo went down the loo paper went directly upwards just like I was in one of the little Christmas Snow Scene toys that kids have. I then spent the next 10 mins having to pick it off the floor. RANK! I overdid the hand sanitizer in an all over manner upon my return.

As we were crossing theoretical timezones the trains only use Moscow time so bizarrely by 3pm it was pitch black outside. Another bit of advice to any travellers do not buy cans from the old women at the stations, print out the time table of stops, safe in the knowledge you have 20 minutes escape from the Sooki Sooki party climb over the tracks and find either the station building or the 24 hour food and beer seller. We ended up getting the jumbo Baltika 3 cans (over 1 Litre) for less than we could get small ones from the platform vendors. I did it all in my flip flops so it isn't difficult. Also stocked up on tasty food, guess what, hydrated Mash and cat food and noodles, I'm actually starting to feel very satisfied living on a food budget of 1 pound a day although it still looks and smells rank. After getting back from the stop the station thermometer read minus 24 degrees celsius and in my flip flops my feet had actually turned purple in 10 minutes. This was a source of great amusement to the vendors who had all manner of fur and thick boots on.

Also of note was the oddness we would get in conversation. At one point on this day we boh searched the whole pack of the Karma Sutra card pack to find the sickest cards. I think the man rear ending a goat won it but Erica still thinks something else is more disgusting.

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Alex on

oh come on mate, make some russian friends, they cooking delicious food every day like borscht and other stews.. don't need to eat cat food

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