Moscow finally!

Yesterday marked a milestone – we got off the Trans Siberian Railway for the first time in 7 days, except for a few short descents onto the platforms when we’d stop for 20 minutes or so to stretch our legs and forage for supplies. Yesterday evening we had a long hot shower (not a wipe-y bath), ate a real meal (not ramen, not chicken jerky, not canned tuna salad, not cold scrawny chicken legs, not unidentified yeasty cakes, not dough stuffed with who-knows-what, but Burger Heroes hamburgers with cold draft dark beers – Cheeseburgers in Paradise), slept in a real bed (not separate fold down berths that were just a tad too small), and enjoyed an en suite bathroom (not two small shared bathrooms at the end of the car with tiny sinks and toilets that screeched when flushed when they were working). Yesterday was a big day that makes us appreciate some of the things we take for granted.

Our life had been confined to a 6×7 foot compartment since last Tuesday in Vladivostok. It was quite the experience but a major relief to disembark. More to come on the trip but wanted to get this out since it’s been a while since we posted anything. We walked around Red Square last night after dinner and we’re looking forward to a food tour today, visiting the Kremlin Armory Museum, Bolshoi tour, and a couple of other sights tomorrow and Thursday. Then on to St. Petersburg for a few days there.

walking around Moscow last night

 

please let me out

 

on the platform somewhere in Siberia with our train (Rossiya #1) behind Kathy

8 Responses to “Moscow finally!”

  1. Janine Gedmin Says:

    Yeah glad you’re safely out of Siberia!!!

  2. Annie Carter Says:

    Omg!!! Y’all are alive!!!!! Yay!!!!
    Can’t wait for pix!!!!

  3. Sharon vollrath Says:

    Glad you’ve arrived safe and sound

  4. traveler1 Says:

    Thanks Sharon!!

  5. traveler1 Says:

    thanks Annie! Yes, there were times on the train when survival was in question!!

  6. Daniel Ellis Says:

    Great meeting the two of you on the train and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of your blog. I left St. Petersburg early yesterday and have since made it back to the U.S. Sounds like you are finally getting some decent food after being on the train for so long – still amazed that you made the entire route.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!
    -Daniel Ellis

  7. traveler1 Says:

    Hi Daniel! Thanks for the comment. It was our pleasure to spend some time with you and hear tales of your adventures in Taiwan and Russia (hovercrafting on Lake Baikal sounds really cool). Yes, crossing Siberia non-stop on the train was challenging – we got a little stir crazy towards the end – but quite an experience. Breaking things up by chatting with folks like you certainly helps along the way. Thanks for your assistance with the platform vendors and the two liters of kvas!! Hope you had a good time in Kazan. -Carl & Kathy

  8. traveler1 Says:

    Ditto! Crossing Siberia like that was an experience but totally worthwhile. Thanks.