|Posted by alexandraeverist on July 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM|
So I got to the TRANS-Siberian an hour early. I had an electronic ticket that I had to exchange for a paper ticket. I stood in line for about 45 minutes before all the lines closed down for a break. At this point, I begin to panic. My train is due in momentarily. Oh, and by the way, no one speaks English. One of the guards saw my confusion and showed me how to retrieve an electronic ticket. At first, it didn’t work and I began to panic even more. But eventually, it spa out the ticket. Show me I am glad she did because this is the way I have been getting my tickets ever since then. I got to the platform only minutes before the train was due to leave.
When I got to my compartment, it had 4 bunks. I shared the compartment with Freda and her husband. Freda knew a little English. I showed them the pictures I had taken at the gulags. Together we shared the food we both had brought. Cheese, cookies, and fruit. The trip to Ulan Ude is about 8 ½ hours so we were each given sheets and towels. At first I was a bit apprehensive. No on3 seemed to know much English. I wish I had spent more time talking to Anzhela before I left.