Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 hours on the trans-Siberian railway
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Photo courtesy of Bocaccio1, Flickr
Twenty-four hours is a long time to spend on a train. And the Trans-Siberian is even longer than that. You could sleep for a few days, but that kind of beats the purpose. When else do you get the chance to sit back, do nothing but watch the world go by and not feel guilty. This is a free pass for relaxing, and a chance for the immersion method of learning Russian. For those who aren’t used to sitting still and contemplating their navel, here’s our guide on how to occupy 24 hours on the greatest train journey on earth.
6am Wake up and open the curtain to see the sunrise. You won’t even have to leave bed.
7am Go back to sleep. Because you can.
8am Eat kasha in the dining car. It’s like porridge, only Russian.
9am Watch your Russian neighbours pour their first vodka of the day.
10am Play cards with your other Russian neighbours who are drinking tea from the samavor.
12am Stretch your legs and stock up on babushka cooked dumplings at a train stop. Often they’ll come aboard offering their food for sale. Now that’s take away food.
2pm Make friends with your Russian neighbours who are now on their second bottle of vodka. Learn to say “Spasibo” like you own it.
4pm Window gaze. Read book. Repeat.
6pm Time for some pre-dinner caviar snacks.
8pm Join your Russian neighbours for a bowl of borsch, a bottle of vodka and an endless song-singing, joke-telling, marriage-proposal-ing, card-gaming night.
Here’s a series that show the Trans-Siberian railway in all its gritty glory. We recommend you watch them all.