Onward To The North!!!
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
12Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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I sat down in my seat, looked out the window, and noticed what appeared to be dozens of cargo containers like you see on cargo ships all stacked up alongside the train tracks, AND THERE WERE PEOPLE LIVING IN THEM!!!! OMG! Maria told me they were illegal Tajiks (immigrants from Tajikistan) that were brought into Russia to work and are under the protection of powerful mafia types who pay off the government to keep them there. Crazy.....
The train is very nice, and very modern
The trip to St. Petersburg was comfortable and I had plenty of time to check out the gloomy fall countryside along the way. We arrived in St. Petersburg after dark and made the mistake of taking the metro to our hotel RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF RUSH HOUR! And it was packed! I mean there wasn't one single inch of free space on the trains. I felt like a sardine!
We finally made it to our hotel which is located right in the center of the city. And with 3 full days of great sightseeing ahead we just decided to enjoy a good meal and get some sleep....