The Trans Siberian

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
Trip End Nov 01, 2012

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Flag of Russia  , Siberia,
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We spent two nights in Irkutsk and spent our time exploring the "Paris of Siberia" and arranging our ticket and enough supplies to get to Moscow.

Irkutsk was a nice place to wander around for a day, and we were both very shocked at how hot it was. When I imagined spending time in Siberia not for a second did I think we would be wearing t-shirts and sandals.

We then said goodbye to Jen (who was going to explore Lake Baikal) and started the 4 day train journey to Moscow.

The journey did not get off to the best start. After only being on the train for a couple of hours I accepted an invitation to join some men drinking vodka, but it was only after I sat down I noted that they were all dribbling wrecks. After a couple of drinks another man came to rescue me, as he thought I was being held against my will. With no English spoken it was very difficult to understand what was happening, or explain that I was not a prisoner.

It then got out of hand when the drunks got aggressive, and my rescuer was clearly out of his depth as he started to cry...

There is zero tolerance to aggressive behavior on the train, so later in the day the police boarded the train and arrested the drunks to cap a very eventful first afternoon.

Things calmed down for the remainder of the journey and our perception that all Russian people are rude, has been completely reversed. We experienced such kindness from everyone we came across and we have both agreed that Russians have been kinder to us than any other nation on our trip so far.

After 3 days and 15 hours and 3,266 miles we arrived in to Moscow at 4am.

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