Trans Siberia, Moscow-Irkutsk-Day 1, Off we go

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Train #2

Flag of Russia  , Vladimir,
Friday, September 24, 2010

The night on the train was kind of hard, the bed in the train is far from comfortable and for me very narrow. Luckily it was just long enough for me to fit in. This train, train number 2, is supposed to be a luxurious one. And that kind of worries me. During the night and early morning we passed the town of Gorkii. I remember waking up as the lights from the station pierced through the curtains. For breakfast we tried the restaurant carriage. There was no breakfast on the menu, just fish and meat for lunch or dinner. One of the waiters knew a little bit of English, so we managed to order some eggs and bread. It turned out to be quite nice, a sort of omelet with cheeses and sausage. As we had our breakfast the train stopped at Kirov Pass. It's around nine thirty Moscow time or ten thirty local time. Those time zones and the train running on Moscow time are already getting confusing. Linda has worked out the complete schedule of the trip, including the major stops and how long we would be stopping there. We have an alarm clock on Moscow time and a watch on local time, this way we keep track of what is coming on our path.

The next stop is Balenzio, another little town where the arrival of the Trans Siberian is the event of the day. The platform is again filled with local woman selling their cooking and baking arts. This time we pick up some local pastries and a chicken leg with some potatoes for lunch / dinner. On the platform we socialize a bit with some other people whom we share our carriage with. We learn that next to the older Australian couple we have a young Australian couple and a lonely older German traveler that we already met earlier on the train.

We have been warned that showering is a challenge on the Trans Siberian trains. You hear stories about using bottles, bring your own shower head and attach that to the crane in the washrooms. So we were prepared for the worst, and actually did not counted on getting any proper shower in the coming days. But rumor spread that the carriage next to us had a proper shower cabin. We went to the conductor of that cabin and asked for a shower. Some hand and foot language explained to us that she would pick us up from our compartment when it was ready. No idea what to expect we retreated to our cabin. A couple of hours later the friendly conductor came to us, signaling that the shower was ready for use. So luckily we had a chance to freshen up, which greatly improved my mood.

As we head into the evening we pass Perm and Sverdlosvk and in the night we pass Tiumen and Ishim as the train chugs along the tracks towards Irkutsk.
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