Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Trans Siberian - A journey halfway around the Globe

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. 

St. Augustine




The Trans-Siberian Rail, one of the greatest journeys in the world today. Stretching halfway around the world it passes through some of the most stunning landscape on Earth. Windinding through Siberia, the Gobi desert and past Lake Baikal the sights are awe inspirning. Our journey lasted five days and four nights as we whipped through the Russian countryside. A pleasure to do, and one of the greatest journeys of all time. Our journey made us pass through eight different time zones during those five days, and we saw so much. A life changing journey.




The food on the Trans-Siberian was nothing to get too excited about. The train stops every four hours or so so you can top up on supplies. Our diets consisted mainly of cereal and pots of noodles and mashed potato which we warmed up with the on-board Samovar. There were treats on the way though. Local Russians would let us sample there homemade vodka and some of the older ladies had fresh fruits for us to try. The whole culinary experience was bit of blur. The Russians drinking habits made the whole experience very difficult to recall. There was certainly plenty of food being handed around, but can't really remember how much we eat!!





Our journey was filled some very interesting locals. We met Vladimir, a pilgrim who wan an Old Believer on his way to to Ekaterinburg. He told us many stories of what Old Russia was like and how he missed those days. The monk also gave us a leaving present which he labelled the ‘Kings Chalice’. On our journey we also stopped off at Lake Baikal and managed to add twenty-five years to our lives. We achieved this by swimming in the furiously freezing lake. Another character we met was an old lady who insisted that we call her 'Abuela' (Grandma). She informed us on all manners things and told us that Lake Baikal was ‘para scholl’ and ‘krasiva’ but that Ikrutsck and Mongolia were both ‘bleh’. We were not convinced that she was impressed by our travel pans and she was very confused by the concept of tourism. Nevertheless this 'Abuela' decided to adopt us and insisted that we eat random items that she pulled out of her bag. At night times she would sneak up to us and tuck us into bed. The experience was certainly surreal. There were many stories and the journey and will share more in the near future!!

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