Sushu's Travel Journal

July 12, 2010

On the Trans-Manchurian

Filed under: Europe — Tags: — admin @ 11:25 pm

So this is day 3 on the trans manchurian. The km signpost that we just passed said 4262.This means that I am over 4000 kmfrom Moscow and about halfway done. The train is relatively comfortable. In my room we started with woman who is a piano teacher from Italy with a daughter my age and a son slightly younger – the age of the young man returning from his year of mandatory military service. He is shy, but also fiercely proud of being part of the great military review last year. He got off at Per yesterday. The last one is a Chinese chef making his 2nd annual trip back to wife and son in Harbin. The woman lived in Siberia for 16 years when she married to a Russian soldier. After the divorcE 10 years ago, she went back to Italy. This is the first time she has bbeen this far back to Siberia in 10 years.

Typing on the Kindle is slow going. Suffice to say that the land is majestic and the people few. My cabin m.ates communicate in a combination of Chinese Russian and Italian/Spanish. I buy breakfast and lunch from the ladies on the oplatform, but enjoyed dinner at the dining car enough to go back and brave the Russian menu

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