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Every trip to Russia is memorable, but this one was special. An opportunity to attend a major world event in the motherland, to see Russia in all its glory, and evaluate how well the country handled the massive influx of foreign tourists visiting Sochi for the Olympics. At the same time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take my first train journey. The rails are deeply rooted in American history and remain active today. However, they are primarily used for freight shipments rather than passenger transport. Most Americans have cars, our road infrastructure is excellent, and we're a very mobile nation. There's no need to ride a train long distances when you can simply drive yourself anywhere in America and enjoy magnificent sites along the way. So, I've never once taken a train ride in the States.

My journey to Sochi began in St. Petersburg, my favorite Russian city. It was here that I boarded the high speed Sapsan train, which carried me to Moscow. Overall, an impressive experience!Read more...Collapse )

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real_marsel
Feb. 24th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
You know, from Moscow you could get to Belarus without problems by the train. They do not check passports, only tickets.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, Belarus! They will definitely check for my visa, like last time. :) Maybe on the train they are more familiar with American passports, but I doubt it. And how long is the train ride from Moscow to Belarus?
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mista_vint
Feb. 24th, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
Moved to St. Pete 6 years ago. First couple of years I'd really enjoied the town, but due to despirate weather, absence of sun and dull people everywhere here I started mostly to hate it. But in the summertime things are different (=
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I love cold and snow so the weather is no problem. People in Peter are more colorful and cheerful compared to Muscovites! :) Perhaps I'll make it back in the summer. I've always wanted to attend the White Nights Festival.
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norrheim
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
What about impressions from trip on common train to Sochi? I suppose it was the most interesting part of the travel, isn't it? Even myself cannot survive more than 10 hours in this disaster:) If you were not in business class, of course, which costs 10 times expensive.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'll publish a post about the standard train next (probably tomorrow or Wednesday). It wasn't so bad.
ext_2230233
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
No to zo prikol i xren poimesh.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Я не понимаю? Написать на английском или кириллицей пожалуйста.
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atlantis555
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
>climb to the top of St. Isaac's Cathedral again
Мне реально пришлось погуглить, пока не понял, что имелся в виду Исаакиевский собор. А то сидел, думал, что за такой Собор Святого Исаака?..

> I find it impossible to pack light for trips and always carry a large bag, stuffed with hair products, lotions, clothes, etc.
We know your et cetera, yeah
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
Why are you writing me in Russian? Aren't you an English teacher? :))
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vitsky
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I didn't travel by Sapsan. Here in Belarys we have several new trains, which are more comfortable then "usual" trains. For example, there is a train from Brest to Minsk: http://brestcity.com/blog/shvejcarskaya-elektrichka-otpravilas-iz-bresta-v-baranovichi
It is not as quick as Sapsan, just up to 140 km/h, and it takes about 3.5 hours from Brest to Minsk (~350 km). And it doesn't have "soft" seats, only "hard". So, when I travell to/from Minsk, I prefer to use other trains, where I could sleep. But these (we call them "swiss") trains - are also quite nice. :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
I wonder if a lot of foreign guests will use the Belarusian trains during the hockey championships?
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werter1245
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Сувениры на РЖД очень активно предлагают купить что раздражает .
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
We don't sell souvenirs on American trains, only food and alcohol. :)
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revg
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
Привет
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is_pain
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
This is a very interesting story! Thank you!

Sorry for my google-English :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked the story! Google English is okay. :)
iiiko
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's very beauty and interesting post. But, i think, in US acelas trains is more comfortable and better, then our sapsan. And all in States is better, then in Russia. Thanks.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I will try to take a ride on the Acela train to compare the service with Sapsan. However, the Acela train is not much faster than the regular train, at least when traveling from DC to New York City. You save one hour at the most, but Acela is definitely more comfortable (better food, seats, etc.).
g_kar
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yay, your long-waited travel report :)

> although there were not many passengers boarding the afternoon train.
Many people prefer night trains between M. and S-Pb. It takes 8-9 hours, almost whole night; so you have both days before and after trip free for your activities.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
This is only the first post, more to follow this week. :) Next post will be about the day/night train from Moscow to Sochi. I like the comfort and speed of the Sapsan!
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nemihail
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC)
...ух ты)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Why "wow?" Train is cool. Have you taken a ride?
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(Anonymous)
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Прикольная реклама))) работаете в РЖД?))
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
"работаете в РЖД?))" Нет! :)
kot_de_azur
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
Фигасе, американцы в промо. Слава России!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
And what do you have against Americans? Btw, everyone reading my blog is Russian.

Edited at 2014-02-24 07:33 pm (UTC)
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kot_de_azur
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Lol Americans promos. Glory to Russia!
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