Trans Siberia, Moscow-Irkutsk-Day 1, Off we go
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
158Trip End Mar 11, 2011
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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.