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Kazan – A Multicultural Oasis

Tired from arriving at 6AM (which was 3AM in the time zone we woke yesterday), we stumbled like heavily laden zombies into the clear early morning air of…

Novosibirsk to Kazan on Trans Siberia Express

The Novosibirsk station is cavernous. Truly enormous in all dimensions. But, we’d arrived with plenty of time to be able to find our train/carriage/cabin. Immediately we noticed that…

Novosibirsk – Capital of Siberia

Our train from Irkutsk arrived a fraction before midnight. We were aware of this, so we intestinally booked a hotel within walking distance of the station, and with…

Irkutsk to Novosibirsk on Trans Siberia Express

This leg was an entirely manageable 30hrs. Funny how your perspective shifts, normally the thought of being on a train for more than 24hrs would be an ordeal….

Irkutsk – Paris of the East

The marshrutka from Listvyanka wasn’t as comfortable as I thought it was going to be when we first sat down. Like most public transport, I end up with…

Lake Baikal

Listvyanka – Lake Baikal Party Town

After a bit of confusion about where the ferry from Port Baikal was dropping us, we checked into the super cheap Guest House Devyaty Val, which for only…

Lake Baikal

Port Baikal – Circum-Baikal Terminus

Our night here was mostly out of necessity, as we caught the amazing Circum-Baikal Railway, which arrives in Port Baikal after the last ferry out of town has…

Slyudyanka

Slyudyanka – Gateway to Circum-Baikal

Even the Russians we spoke to about spending the night in Slyudyanka were confused about why we’d want to get off in a tiny town a few hours…

Khabarovsk to Slyudyanka on Trans Siberia Express

This was to be our biggest stint on the train, totalling approximately 60 hours, 4000kms and three different time zones. Unfortunately, since we had problems booking our tickets,…

Khabarovsk

Khabarovsk

In a brilliant move on my part, before we left the train, I asked our Russian room mate (via the translation of my phone) if she could help…