The Vodka Train
Trip Start Feb 16, 2008
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Luckily I managed, with a bit of luck to end up the the same train anyway, (but for a considerably lower price)which had a load of other backpackers on it that were going to Ulan Batar.
After now spending a couple of days on the train that moves all night and all day without stopping (apart from at stations) Im really starting to get a feel for how big Russia really is. I obvioulsy knew that it was the biggest country in the world but did not realise that is had 8 time zones and is 17,175,000 sq kilometeres (6.5million square miles)!
Crossing all of the times zones messed up our body clocks a bit and we ended up drinking quite early, met all of the other backpackers in the restuarant carrage and there were also a load of mogols which appeared more friendly (and up for a laugh) than any of the Russians, giving the train a much better atmosphere! There were all sorts of comedy moments, some of the funiest being me dancing and singing with the mogol women,playing cards with them, arm wrestling with the men, high fiving the majority of them...although this was all after alot of vodka.
The next day, after drinking all of the vodka on the train we attually found it hard to get hold of anymore as the little shops on the platform were not liecenced to sell it, so in the end we had to settle for a beer called Oxator which was 8%, we soon discovered that the best thing for a hang over was to continue drinking!!