Siberia Russia Part 8 The Slow Train
fter deciding to move to be on the train for a long, long
Siberia for a year to teach time.
at the Chita State
Technical University, I embarked As we actually cleared the city,
on a travel odyssey unlike any I told myself to look at it as an
other. In this entry, we pick up adventure. An adventure? Oh, yes.
the trip on the Trans-Siberian
Of Crackers and Grape Juice
Nutrition is an odd thing. Like
As my new Russian friend walked many, I try to eat a healthy diet
down the hall, I reflected on the with vegetables and so on. Of
information he had provided me course, a stressful day at work
with a grimace. The train ride has led to more than a few fast
from Khabarovsk to my food meals. On the Trans-Siberian
destination, Chita, was going to Railway, I would've killed for
take three days. I had already fast food.
been traveling for four days and
the thought of 3 days on a train Contrary to what another
made me...unhappy. passenger had told me, the food
car on the train was open for
While reflecting on this business. The woman in charge of
development, I had an opportunity our car told me this in limited
to take a look at my new English and an exasperated look
neighbors, err...fellow on her face. Well, she didn't
passengers. They were moving in. lie. The food car was open.
Literally. Pillows, sheets, bags Unfortunately, the only thing it
full of food. The general was selling were boxes of
impression was we were going to crackers and grape juice.
where you don't speak the
I'm not a big cracker fan, but language, you are going to eat a
I'll eat them. I happen to like pretty hefty amount of humble
grape juice...or I did. For the pie. What the hey, we were
next 48 hours, Grae, a fellow hungry.
traveler, and I munched crackers
and drank juice. Then we drank After five minutes, Grae returned
juice and munched crackers. Then to our compartment with one of
we crushed crackers and put them those looks on his face. We had
in the juice. Then we made lived on crackers and grape juice
feverish declarations to never for no reason. Yes, we could buy
eat crackers or drink juice food at every stop the train made
again. Ever. by just walking into the train
station. And we stopped a lot.
The Funny Part
As we pulled into a little town,
After 48 hours of crackers and Grae and I were hanging from the
juice, I was more than willing to doors of the train. We ran into
starve. I kept having nightmares the station and...all they had
about the horrible things were crackers and grape juice.
happening in my stomach. Grae Just kidding. I am not sure what
apparently had arrived at the we bought, but it was the best
same opinion. Cinching up his food I've ever had.
pants, he went to hit up our
fellow travel companions for some Next stop...Chita!
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