Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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In the afternoon we went to the Tretsakov art gallery. We got in half-price as students by flashing our driving licenses at the old Russian woman at the ticket office and saying "Students". Who says the language barrier has to be a bad thing?? The gallery was full of Russia's best modern art since 1880. We started off looking at each piece intently but it soon became apparent that this place was huge! Three hours later we were speeding past the most modern stuff in order to reach the cafe. It was a great afternoon and the art was really good but it was a bit too much.
I said goodbye to the girls and headed back to the hostel to prepare for the train journey to Beijing
I was beginning to feel really excited about the journey now. I so far knew the two guys I met in the hostel, plus Yoshi and another chat I'd been talking to it about on the net during my research on the trip.
I was first into my four berth cabin, but very soon was joined by Malin and Kasja, two Swedish students on a two month trip to China and back. Our last berth was filled by a Chinese man who seems to have family in another cabin.
I enjoyed a few shots of neat vodka with the girls and chatted about the journey ahead. About 11pm the girls went to sleep so I went 5 carriages down to number 6 where I knew Dan and Steve would be. By chance Yoshi from my Berlin to Moscow train was in Dan's Cabin so we said hi once again.
Dan Steve and I all went next door with beers and met Leon and Rosie from England plus an annoying American guy Mark. It turns out Steve is also looking to get as far as he can (hopefully Australia) without flying! That could turn out to be a good acquaintance. At about 1am I went back to my cabin to sleep. Unfortunately our window was ever so slightly open and I couldn't get it shut so the first night on board was a bit on the cold side.