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A Trans-Siberian Diary: Day 3

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After another restless night, we woke up cold. The temperature has dropped and is hovering around 10 degrees centigrade, so people along our corridor have locked themselves in their compartments. The weather has turned overcast and rainy. The landscape has also changed - the lush views of yesterday have given way to flat and bleak steppes.

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We've taken full advantage of the samovars. These complicated-looking devices, fuelled with coal by the attendants, perform a simple task - dispensing boiling water on demand. We knew to expect them, so we brought various soups and instant noodles to eat for lunch. On a cold day like today a warm meal was very welcome.

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We're a little uncertain what time we should make it - while we've passed through two or three time zones already, the timetable, including station stops, is in Moscow time, so we haven't changed our watches. It means we're going to be very confused when we get into Beijing.

People generally have been keeping more or less to themselves, and most of the people in our carriage appear to be tourists. At each stop we wonder if this will be the stop that our roommates get on, but very few people seem to have left or joined the train so far.

Posted by shoestring 08:35 Archived in Russia Tagged train trans-siberian diary steppes samovar

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