Siberia Russia Part 9 Chita
fter deciding to move to mountains and pretty much
Siberia for a year to teach nothing. It was like taking a
at the Chita State really slow train ride across
Technical University, I embarked Kansas. There just wasn't much of
on a travel odyssey unlike any anything to see. I wish I could
other. In this entry, we pick up tell you differently.
the last stage of the seven-day
trip to get there. End of the Road
Siberia As Seen From A Train As I went to sleep on the evening
of the sixth day of the trip, I
In preparing for my trip, I had was developing a firm conviction
actually done some preparation. that I would never see Chita.
As a common man, I know most of Instead, it was clear that I was
you female readers will find this in some type of bizarre reality
hard to believe, but I swear it television series based on
was so. Yep, I had read up on travelers being driven slowly
books, rented movies and so on. I insane. Amazing Race? Give me a
was familiar with the tundra, the break. As with oh so many things,
forest and the perma-frost of I was wrong.
Siberia. And I was going to see
it all during the three-day train The Seventh Day
ride across Siberia. Au
Contraire! Brooms scratch. Particularly when
handled by the Russian woman in
Apparently, the untamed wilds of charge of our car. As I shot up
Siberia are a bit farther north out of my bunk, I realized she
than where the Trans-Siberian was talking loudly and pointing
Railway runs. During our train more than a bit. The train was
ride, we saw no forests, no slowing down, but I couldn't see
much out the window because we we had indeed arrived. At 5:30 in
were in trees and there was too the morning.
much sun. Upon awaking Grae with
a few whacks and a laugh, I Jumping out of bed, we each
finally recognized her saying, stuffed our belongings into our
"Chita". bags. Staggered out into the
hall. Realized we both badly
We had arrived. After three needed showers.
flights, one angry customs
official, a few embarrassing And stepped off the train into
moments, way too many crackers Chita. Siberia. Russia.
and seven total days of travel,
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