I’ve lived in Moscow for 3 years, but am moving from here soon to return to the UK, so to end my time here I wanted to do the Trans Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok – the longest train route in the world at 5772 miles long. I’ve travelled around Russia a lot in my 3 years here, and have even visited Vladivostok previously, albeit by plane and during the winter when the sea was frozen over, along with a few of the other cities along the route and elsewhere.
Tonight I leave, and have mixed feelings about the journey, as I leave late tonight and haven’t finished packing yet, am worried about how I will deal with lack of vegetarian food options on the long journey (which I plan to counteract by packing lots of Pot Noodles!), the lack of washing facilities on the sections of the journey that last more than 2 days straight, and whether I will manage to negotiate the 5 different time zones and calculate the correct time that I actually need to be on the trains, as they all confusingly run on Moscow time.
On the other hand, it is a journey I have dreamed of doing my whole life, and will be a huge adventure for sure – something I never shy away from. Russia is a beautiful country, and will be great to see where Europe becomes Asia, when the landscapes and cultures change, and all the rolling scenery in-between here and the Pacific coast. I am now equipped with enough basic Russian to at least be able to read everything and communicate in a mixture of basic Russian and sign language, which will certainly make the solo trip easier, but being Russia, nothing will go exactly to plan!
I will say do svidaniya to home comforts tonight to embark on my next adventure, going to Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk (Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island), Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk and finally Vladivostok.