Trans Siberia, Moscow-Irkutsk-Day 2

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
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Trip End Mar 11, 2011


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Saturday, September 25, 2010

The next morning we wake up a bit more refreshed. We have gotten a bit more used to the sounds and lights of the train. Our first short stop of the day would be Omsk and we loose another hour as we are heading east. Along the way we see little patches of snow in the ever stretching forests. It seems like we have left the clouds behind us as the skies have cleared up. It was still cold outside though when we had our short shopping stop at the Omsk station. The time on the train moved fast, reading some books, chatting with our neighbors, sleeping and writing some blog posts. The cabin had three power sockets, one in every wall lamp, and one above the window. Unfortunately it was not very stable and it failed to work completely during the day. According to the night conductor, the generator has failed completely and it would not be working for the rest of the trip. We saw him trying to fix the 50 year old cabling with all his abilities. These old and so called classy trains do have their down sides. We have two conductors on this train, one for the day, a slightly older woman with an authoritative look on her face, and one for the night, a friendly man. You do not want to make these people angry as they can make your life on the train pretty miserable. With the guy this was not so much of a problem, he was friendly and funny. But with the woman we had to walk on our toes, as she had a grim look on her face for most of the times. The sun outside heated up the carriage to uncomfortable temperatures so we had to open the windows in the hallway which were the only ones that could be opened.

Later that day we passed Barabinsk, and in the evening Novosibirsk and Taiga. By there we lost another hour making the difference between Moscow and local time now four. The scenery outside was amazing, the brown and red colors of the forests were specifically nice around sunset. We tried to organize another shower for the evening, but with lots of hands and feet we got to understand that we had to come before five o'clock. So will postpone this to tomorrow morning. In the night the temperature dropped below freezing point as we passed the towns of Taiga, Mariinsk, Bogotol and Achinsk. None of these I ever heard of before we headed out on this journey.
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