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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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borman_b
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
Поздравляю сборную России с победой! Трижды ура! Glory to Russia Sport!
kot_de_azur
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Russian Olympic champion!
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livejournal
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
American Journey to Sochi, Part 1: Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg
User _xb referenced to your post from American Journey to Sochi, Part 1: Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg saying: [...] Originally posted by at American Journey to Sochi, Part 1: Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg [...]
sergeyeva
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your experience. I believe it will be very helpful for people that have doubts about riding Sapsan. By the way, there's also a high-speed train from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod, very similar to Sapsan. I do hope we'll have more trains like that, they are very convenient and I prefer them over air travel.
Sorry about weird people commenting...
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
Weird people commenting? As an American/English writer on LJ, I'm used to it! :) I've been writing here almost a year. Sapsan is great, I don't know why people have doubts about riding it.
rollson
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
long distance trains are cool.
Most funny part is what you don't know who will be your companions in the compartment.
and what to expect -trouble, talking, drinking or even sex ))


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peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
People have random sex in these four bunk units? Wow! Disrespectful to your fellow riders in the compartment (well, except the one you're banging). :))
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avtoban49
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
Nice trip.Good train.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Trip continues in my next post with a very long train ride from Moscow to Adler. :)
amandakysses
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Woman, I told you the train is amazing!! My favorite way to travel. I took the Acela all the time. Union Station to Penn Station in just under 3hours. And i think even the normal trains have outlets all over the car.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
You sat in economy class in Acela? Yes, now I'm a fan of train travel, though it's difficult if you are on a short journey like this one. I was only in Russia for a week this time. Btw, Union Station is beautiful! I went there last week to meet my dad.
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cacadus
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Hi! Glory to Russia!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hello from Washington, DC, where I'm sitting now. :)
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Try Verkhoyansk. - xpo_xpo_xpo - Feb. 26th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC) - Expand
brenik
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
шапку продашь?
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
The bear hat in my avatar? No, it's my favorite hat! :))
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asharky
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Always very interesting to read what see our country Foreigners.

Wonderful report! Thank you so much, Shannon! And especially pleased that you managed to eat normally train Sapsane. I remember that with the Russian food you relations were not very friendly. But finally you still seem to have found each other and became friends :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to share my impressions from this whole journey. It was really amazing for me to attend the Olympic Games, ride the trains, and see a friendly side of Russia. Yes, Sapsan food was good! :))
kot_de_azur
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
My Russian bear does not want to drink vodka. He drinks beer.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Russian beer, or imports? :)
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Пьер Безухоff
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Meow!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
I don't like kitties. :) I prefer dogs!
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peacetraveler22
Feb. 24th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
You should try it one time to compare. :) I can't imagine why people would fly between these two cities.
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Formally Moscow have more airports ;) - xpo_xpo_xpo - Feb. 26th, 2014 03:44 am (UTC) - Expand
pin_gwin
Feb. 24th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
Hi
I've read your previous post on Russian meat foods, mostly negative. It looks like you do not like meats in general and prefer poultry. Or just feel safer this way. In another hand, these sentiments are asymmetrical - many Russians, living in or visiting US, hardly cant stand American processed meats, sold in grocery stores, with an exception of so called "Russian" stores. By Russian taste, US processed meals commonly have too much of corn starch or honey content, which does not belong to beef or pork. But that's cultural. Also, US stores have a very limited selection of fish products, which are also heavily overpriced, and the same is applicable to dairy.
Vobla (salty dried fish) is well known in Alaska, along with smoked fish products along the shores of Great Lakes. By Russian taste, smoked fish here is too salty, but it also could vary by the location and smoke house traditions.
You mentioned pretzels.... if they were cooked in Russia they likely would be covered by sugar crystals or poppy seeds, not salt... See, there are big differences.
And there are people, who will continue eating burgers in Mexico instead of trying something local....

I tavelled from Moscow to SPB on that train. Its a real nice quick and easy ride, particularly if you have a good company or a good book to read, or simply watching the landscapes.
And.... I have to express a huge respect to how patiently you respond to some comments.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 25th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
Hello! In Mexico, I eat Mexican food because I love it. :)
"Huge respect to how patiently you respond to some comments." I'm used to communicating on ruNet, where users and comments aren't always so respectful or tactful. Especially when the author of the content is an American woman, writing in English. The Sapsan ride was very smooth, much smoother than the standard train I took the following day.
rider3099
Feb. 25th, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
I’m glad you enjoyed your trip! :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 25th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
Thanks, Olga!
addeson
Feb. 25th, 2014 04:45 am (UTC)
Not only have I never ridden the Sapsan train, but I also have never been to St.Petersburg (shame on me!) :)
I have ridden a train in the US though. It was not "Acela", just a regular Amtrak train (DC-NYC). It was OK, very similar to the newer trains between Voronezh (my hometown) and Moscow.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Depending on the route, the Acela train isn't much faster. For DC - NYC you save one hour at max, but I think it's more comfortable. St. Petersburg - you must visit this city! Really beautiful and romantic.
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