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sunny 20 °C

I could spend my whole life on a train, specially if it wasn't a Chinese one. Don't get me wrong - I have nothing against Chinese, but Russian teams and trains are way better.
I need time to absorb all the beautiful landscapes I have been sightseeing: from tayga to tundra - Russia has it all. When I left Moscow, temperature was rising thanks to the sweet Arctic wind. I was expecting even lower temperatures during Siberia crossing but we also descended a lot in terms of longitud, so this one has won the battle: yesterday the thermometers have recorded 28 °C! I persuaded the Chinese man on my carriage and got a permanent sit by the window, head outside of the train - not only fresh but I made great pictures!
At the moment, I have completed the first leg of my journey, which means I already have more than 5000 km done, yet still another 3000 km to come! It's hard to choose what I liked most, but the log cabins between the tayga forest amaze me in a way I can't explain!
Another particular thing about this journey is the changing of the timezones. If I was distracted and we didn't eat at 13 pm, soon it will be 15 pm, and almost time to get a mid-afternoon snack! Lucky we went through 2 time zones only at a day! The other thing that really bugs me (even though I already knew it before I came) is the fact that all trains run on Moscow Time (GMT+3h). This is stupid because:
1. We are now more than 5000 km away from Moscow.
2. It's really disconcerting for the passengers waking up in the morning when they are arrive in Beijing, and hearing the loudspeaker "Good night, you are now entering Beijing"! Good night? They have already slept the whole night...
3. What a confusion for local inhabitants when they look at the station clock and have to add a lot of hours...
Only in Russia!

Posted by Billabongirl 08:29 Archived in Russia

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