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Trans Siberian Irkutsk-Moscow

Moscow, Russia

77 hours on a train, and it all went smoother than clockwork...

We got on and spent an hour remarking how much better the train was than the Mongolia one had been... The "Baikal" is a gem amongst Trans-Siberian/Mongolian/Manchurian trains. Clean, spacious and comfortable are 3 good words to describe it... We got on and Natasha was getting her stuff ready with her daughter. The daughter disembarked before the train left and we ended up with 3 people out of 4 in the carriage but by the time we had woken up the next day a 4th member had been added... He didn't speak for 24 hours...

His name was Aleksei and lived somewhere near Moscow, that's all he said when Adam tried to engage him in a conversation.

We settled into a routine, we read, slept, ate, drank, visited the dining car, I watched a movie on the laptop (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, VERY GOOD!!!), and then all of a sudden 77 hours later we arrived...

We bumped into a couple of lads that we had met at the station in UlaanBataar, an English and a Hawaiian (Blonde haired and blue eyed, I didn't even ask him about Hawaii football as he didn't look genuine enough) lad... On the final night we had a few beers and a couple of shots of Vodka in true Russian style... They tasted like crap, but it was a great time...

We got off the train, Adam spent 25 minutes looking for the subway station, and it turned out that it was right next to where I was waiting for him... Oops!

We got to the apartment... Beautiful place, our landlady is a Russian lady that used to live in Sydney! Grouse chick, she really took care of us...

Went out to a bar (as it was Thursday night) called BB Kings, we sat next to where Faith No More had signed the wall, and all Canadians will be happy to know that BRIAN ADAMS ate at the same table as ME!

permalink written by  Big_T on September 4, 2008 from Moscow, Russia
from the travel blog: Big_T's Travel Blog
tagged TransSiberian, Moscow and BrianAdams

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You ate at the same table as Bryan FREAKIN ADAMS!!!! Dude, if you weren't my hero before you definitely are now. That's FREAKIN AWESOME DUDE!!!! FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!

It's also pretty cool that Faith No More signed the wall.

Wicked blog so far, too. It amazes me when I encounter people who have the motivation to share their experiences and thoughts with their friends. I'm so bad at even talking to my friends, let alone updating a blog while traveling across Europe. Good on ya, mate. Also, I really appreciate the update notifications on your Facebook profile. That way I don't just check here every day and when I notice the update I have a bit to read.

If you haven't seen The Long Way Around (Round?) with Ewen McGregor and Charlie What's-his-name you should check it out. They bike across Russia and Mongolia. The bits in Mongolia are among the most memorable in my mind.

permalink written by  Dana Nielsen on September 6, 2008

I was going to make an enthusiastic comment about Bryan Adams, but Dana has already said it all, and far more eloquently than I could. Freakin' awesome.

permalink written by  Sheila on September 11, 2008

Yeah, don`t trust those fake haole hawaiians. They`re about as bad as vertically challenged, ukulele playing freaks. Stay away from those guys. Oh yeah, and Hawaii Football is not going so good this year. 1-3 so far and we still don`t have a quarterback.

permalink written by  Scott Yoshizumi on September 28, 2008

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