Trans-Siberian Railway, Moscow to Irkutsk
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We departed Moscow on the Trans-Siberian where we spent the next four nights sharing our small four berth compartment with Galia and her seven year old son Andre. Although they didn't speak English and we certainly don't speak Russian we managed to communicate very well by drawing and showing each other photos of our trips.
We slept surprisingly well as the train seems to speed up and get more bumpy at night. Everyone on board the train looked forward to the stops. These came every four or five hours and lasted twenty to thirty minutes. This gave us a chance to buy cold beers, fresh fruit, boiled eggs and some interesting home cooked food from the locals selling on the platforms.
On our third day we crossed the Ural mountains and into Asia.
Just before we arrived in Irkutsk Galia rang her eldest son so he could ask us in English if we would like to stay with them but unfortunately we had already paid for our hostel.