Siberia Russia Part 7 The Trans Siberian Railway
fter deciding to move to the case with anticipated events,
Siberia for a year to teach reality threw an ugly wrench in
at the Chita State the proceedings.
Technical University, I embarked
on a travel odyssey unlike any Stop...Go...Stop...Go
other. In this entry, we pick up
the trip leaving the train In California, there are two
station in Khabarovsk. types of trains you can take. The
first is an express train that
A Train To Nowhere? pretty much takes you from point
A to point B with few stops in
In deciding to travel to Chita, between. For those traveling
Siberia, I had originally shorter distances, there is a
estimated a travel time of three "slow train" that stops at every
days. Okay, maybe three at the little town and station. In
outside figuring time changes and Russia, we were clearly on the
such. slow train.
As day 4 of the trip headed into As we pulled out of the train
the afternoon, I was finally on station in Khabarovsk,
the train that would take me to anticipation was in the air. The
Chita and figured I would be train slowly gained speed. We
there in a day or so. I would stared out the window as the city
finally get to see the beautiful started to pass at an increasing
and extreme landscape of Russia. pace. After about 5 minutes, we
To make things even better, I stared out the window as the city
would get to brag to my friends started to pass at a DECREASING
about riding on the famous pace. After a few more minutes,
Trans-Siberian railway. This was we stopped at another train
going to be great. As is often station.
remarked on the number of stops.
Ah, there are probably two big He grimaced and told me the trip
stations in the city and it makes to Chita would take 3 plus days.
sense to pick up everyone for the I grimaced. And nearly cried like
trip across the country. Soon a small child. Three days in a
enough, the whistle blew and off train compartment no bigger than
we went again. Smiles spread a closet. Oh, my.
across our face. These
disappeared roughly 5 minutes Then he told me the food car on
later as we stopped again. the train was closed for the
trip. Since this is a clean web
My god, how many train stations site, I can't print the words I
are there in this city? I can uttered at that moment. Just
tell you there are at least 5 picture the reaction of Homer
since we stopped at that many. Simpson on learning there is no
With time spent sitting in each more beer in Springfield.
little train station, an hour had
passed and we weren't even out of My new Russian friend smiled and
the city! said, "What does that word mean?
We never learned that."
As I stood at a window in the
hall, a Russian man heard me Read more of this Russian
muttering and decided to practice Travelogue at
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