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Day 18 Wednesday

overcast 20 °C

Morning town = Barbarinsk, 2000 km travelled and 3100 km to go.

Generally early in the morning we stop off for about 30 minutes at a station. Most of the times the station stops are only between 2 and 5 minutes. This is way too little time to jump off and get some food or drinks. These small stops are just enough time to let off or on one or two passengers. The bigger stops allow a stack of the passengers to get off and have a smoke which seems like half the train. During stops at the smaller towns are older ladies walking the platform with a shopping trolley full of general foods and drinks. The bigger towns have small kiosks selling more food as well.
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The day again was.....see previous day! Nothing much changes in the train.

Russia has something like 11 time zones which creates a problem for train timetables across the country. So all time tables and station clocks are set at Moscow time so we are will have to move our clocks back 3 hours at some time before we get to our final destination. To further confuse the travel, the sun goes down about 11 pm and rises at 3 am.

Lots of reading, snooze, cups of tea, snacks, blogs and the bananagrams and yahtzee championship has started.

Our rations are fairing well, although they don't always live up to the hype.
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Fortunately I made a death defying foray to the platform and brought back Soviet Treats --- CCCP in Cyrillic is SSSR, for the Soviet Union (in the West we would call it USSR).
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Posted by tszeitli 23:15 Archived in Russia Tagged food rain carriage

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