Tuesday 5th October 2010
Our first full day on the train. None of us slept particularly well as we needed time to get used to the movement of the train. It was more than a little jerky and there were occasions when you thought you were going to get catapulted out of the bunk. I think Donnie spent most of the night hanging on to the safety rail!
The buffet car provided lovely fresh orange juice for breakfast.
The border was interesting and a bit scary. As we drew in to the station there was a long row of very officious looking police and border guards. They took away our passports and we had the usual entry forms to fill in. Donnie and Cath had not taken copies of their passports and visas so Cath had photographed them. Just as well as we were required to provide passport and visa details without reference to our passports.
The train was then shunted into a siding while they changed the guages. Really interesting.
While all that was happening a local lady boarded the train selling vodka, beer etc. John and I declined the vodka but bought a couple of bottles of beer. Donnie and Cath heard the "Nein" but didn't realise we had bought beer. Donnie - wee leggies a blurrrrr - yes! By that time she was down to her last bottle of beer so Donnie bought something else which turned out to be drinking yoghurt! Life is interesting.
So we had no food but we did have 3 bottles of beer between us and of course our last bottle of wine! Life was all right.
We had expected to be woken in the night as we crossed into Russia but were not. We all slept better.