Trans-Siberian Journey: N.-Novgorod - Yekaterinbur

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Again, we did not stop in Perm but here is the story of our journey from Nizhny-Novgorod to Yekaterinburg.

We left Nizhny-Novgorod at 23:00 for a twenty hours journey in a 4 berth compartment (2nd class) that we shared with one Russian guy named Sergei. It's only on the following day that we really met him as we went straight to bed the night before. Sergei spoke Russian and extremely little English so Agi had to do the talking for both of us.

Our train was quite modern with automatic doors, toilet with vacuum system flush, information screen in each carriage, lots of space for bags and the carriages are in a very good state. However, later we heard from one traveler that the train he traveled in (also 2nd class) had flat-screen TVs in the compartments. So we hope to enjoy those on our way in the near future.

The train attendants are called provodnitsas and they don't like foreigners. Although Agnese is doing very good with her Russian skills, the lady does not like us but we managed to make her smile once. You can see she hates her job and no wonder why: long distances, train full of drunk people, some don't even speak in her tongue (dummies - from her point of view), her shaky 'office’ is in a constant move and we don’t think the job is well paid.

On that journey, we did not have a meal included so we brought some cheese, bread and a bottle of Bordeaux before boarding the train. The cheese plate was our last meal in Europe!!

Otherwise for food, you can always go to the restaurant carriage in the train but you can also buy food on the platforms when the train stops (generally for 20 to 40minutes). There you can find anything and everything as you can see from the pictures.

The landscape between the two cities is mostly the same as what we've seen so far. And although we are crossing the Ural Mountains, we are only crossing it in its lowest height so we did not see much of the mountains as such. All this land by the window is barely used and it is very rare to see agriculture (a few wheat fields only) or animals (we saw only 3 goats in a village so far). It is mostly pine and birch trees.



Mont Ural is the geographical border between Europe and Asia. It is also the start of the so known Siberia. Siberia is almost all of Northern Asia and currently the massive central and eastern portion of the Russian Federation. An obelisk is erected 37km west of Yekaterinburg along the Trans-Siberian rail line to indicate this border.

We arrived in Yekaterinburg at 18:55 Moscow time (20:05 local time). It is interesting to note that all long distance trains in Russia run on Moscow time. Thus, we have to be very careful not to mix up the times. Considering that Russia is located in 9 different time zones it does not make it easy neither for our watches nor for our body time.

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