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Train from Irkutsk to Ekaterinburg

View 2005 Trans-Mongolian Rail Journey on alexchan's travel map.

We continued our journey to Ekaterinburg [Ekaterinburg-travel-guide-1308289] where the last Tsar and family were exterminated. The journey took 2 nights in 1st Class (2 people). But we ran into Liz and Sarah who were in 3rd class (dormitory style ... oh, the humanity!)

We had them over for a cabin party (the ones you dread your neighbours having) along with 2 Japanese guys who are engineers on an ice-breaker in the Antarctic. They fish for tunas, other fish and whale ... there was pin-drop silence (apart from the clickety-clak of the train) when they said "whale" and held up his hands as if riding a bicyle (ie. operating a harpoon).

For the sake of good company, we all continued with our beer, peanuts and dried squid as if nothing had been mentioned.

We're glad we had a mix of 1st and 2nd class as it offered both privacy and company. And we managed to see all the smuggling first hand!

Posted by alexchan 17:00 Archived in Russia

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