The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the mmc996 last great train travel adventures in the world. Nowhere else than in Russia can you travel so far by train in one go. I find that impressive. In Russian trains, I get a “real” travel feeling. The journey takes you through the seemingly endless landscape at an almost constant speed for hours. A journey in this way relaxes and, at the same time, inspires me to dream.
The time is set during a trip through Siberia, not matter. In terms of the distances on this trip, the sights are few and far between. But that’s exactly what makes this trip. Having time to slow down and look out of the window. The train is a cosmos in itself. There are always interesting encounters with other travelers. Eating and drinking together is part of the Transsib trip. Passengers often share their food and drinks.
– Eat (the accompanying Russians were so nice to me; shared their food with me and always had a watchful eye on me as soon as they noticed that I was traveling alone)
– Talk to other travelers
– Drink tea (a lot of tea)
– Look out the window
– Walk for longer stops
What fascinates you about the Trans-Siberian Railway?
The people! A trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway is a great way to really get to know the Russian mentality. In a narrow space, you can quickly get into the conversation in the train wagon and experience the Russian hospitality “live.” As a “normal tourist”, you often don’t have the chance to penetrate the “hard shell” of the Russians and get in touch with them. The Russian passengers are usually very interested in Germans and also open and talkative. So you can form your own opinion about the Russian people and put the pre-made statements of the media about Russia to the test. In addition, it is, of course, fascinating to drive across the largest country in the world and to observe the changing nature through the window.
What do you do on the train all the time?
While driving, you play cards together, share food and drink, or try to talk across the language barrier. In each wagon, there is a samovar from which you can let out hot water for coffee or tea for free. Some fellow travelers also use the water for instant dishes, but that’s not my case. I prefer to stay with fresh products, and if the stock runs out, you can easily refill it at a stop at a platform kiosk. You have time to read a book, watch films or listen to music. A look out of the window is always worthwhile, and even a little nap has never harmed anyone.