On Sunday evening I left Tomsk for my longest ride so far to Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia near lake Baikal, which should take 35 hours.
When I went to the bus station it started to snow., which seemed to be quite weird with having more then 30 degrees two days before. Nevertheless after one hour of waiting for the departure I entered the train which took me without any complications in 1,5 hours to the main train station in the middle of nowhere – Taiga. Continue reading Tomsk to Irkutsk – 1,5 days on the train through siberian Taiga
As already mentioned earlier I spent my last weekend in Tomsk. This detour from the mainroute of the transsiberian railway was definitely worth its time and money. So far this was the most quiet city where I’ve been to in Russia. 25% of the 500.000 people living there are students, hardly any police and the people were quite friendly. Continue reading Tomsk – Siberia’s oldest city
As I already wrote earlier, it was time for me to leave Ekaterinburg on Thursday evening towards Siberia. Destination of the journey should be Tomsk with a 10 hour stopover in Siberia’s capital Novosibirsk. Continue reading next Stop: Siberia
Per coincidence I found out some weeks ago, that Matt, a friend of mine, whom I knew from Vienna and Großgmain is now working in Yekaterinburg. So we were supposed to have a cityguide at least on the evenings. Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Ekaterinburg
This time the journey on the train was much less exciting than the one to Nizhny.
We found the right platform and jumped on the right train. This time it was the first time to spend a night in one of those famous 3rd class compartments (platzkartny) together with 54 other people. Continue reading heading into Asia
After getting rid of all the stress and noise we had in Moscow, it was quite a relief to be in a smaller city again. Nizhny Novgorod, population still over one million people, provided a small city center on a hill between the two bigger rivers Wolga and Oka. Continue reading between Oka and Wolga in Nizhny Novgorod
On Thursday it was time to leave Moscow to the next City… Nizhny Novgorod.
We made it quite early to the train station to get some food and check the right platform. Basically everything was working fine, but then 2 drunk russians stopped by and all our attention was payed to them. Then we recognized that a train, which had Nizhny Novgorod written on it left the train station. After 2 minutes we recognized that this would have been our train. Continue reading Train to Nizhny Novgorod
Well, to be honest, Moscow is by far the biggest city where I’ve ever been. Population is roughly 12 Million, so Vienna appears as a small village though. Nevertheless I got some good directions from my hostel and found it quite easily. Bigger problems I had in the beginning getting some russian money and getting used to the kyrillic letters. But this problem I solved as well. Continue reading Moscow
On Friday afternoon I headed towards Warsaw Gdanska station, spent my last polish money for some food and drinks for the train and waited for the departure towards Russia. Continue reading train to Russia
After some hours on the train without having slept much, I arrived on Thursday afternoon in the capital of Poland. Did some sightseeing, learned that a “normal” beer is served as 1 litre (which I like for €3.50) and just walked around in the city. Had a quiet night in the hostel and on Friday I was just wondering why there was so much going on in the city. Then I realized, that it was 9th of May, so called Victory Day. One of the most important days in ex-socialist countries as there was the victory against Nazi-Germany in 1945.