Days 12 & 13: In Transit through Eastern Siberia
Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
12Trip End Jun 20, 2010
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Golden Eagle Transsiberian Express
These days were structured by regular 3-course meals, Russian classes and entertainment blocks (cinema, guitar concert by resident guitarist Alexander Saga). There was ample time to read, listen to music or just chat away with fellow travellers in the bar where the evenings ended in some beautiful songs, especially when our guide chimed in with pianist Anatoli to sing some of his compositions or Russian hits.
We were saddened by the fact that we had to leave behind one of our fellow passengers en route on grounds of illness.
The last night on the train was a lovely celebration. John the Irishman kindly lent me a polka-dotted bow tie and we were good to go to dig into our dinner of Sturgeon. Afterwards our Russian class performed 3 traditional songs – Kalinka, Moscow Nights and Ochi Chornye: great fun. I had the honour of being soloist. Afterwards all nations present (18!) sang a brief traditional song. This could be a national anthem or in my case "Meine Oma fährt im Hühnerstall Motorrad"- 'my grandma's riding her motorbike in the chicken coop’ (!).