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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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Feb. 28th, 2014 04:56 am (UTC)
American Impressions from Sochi Olympics
User _xb referenced to your post from American Impressions from Sochi Olympics saying: [...] posts about my Olympic journey: American Journey to Sochi, Part 1: Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg [...]
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Feb. 28th, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
American Journey to Sochi, Part 2: Train Ride from Moscow to Adler
User ok_no_dim referenced to your post from American Journey to Sochi, Part 2: Train Ride from Moscow to Adler saying: [...] Station, which sits right across the street. I arrived here the night before on the Sapsan train [...]
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Feb. 28th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
Амер канка едет в Сочи, часть 2: на поезде из Москвы в Ад
User phd_paul_lector referenced to your post from Амер канка едет в Сочи, часть 2: на поезде из Москвы в Адлер saying: [...] 1. Вид на Ленинградский вокзал, он находится через дорогу. Туда я прибыла накануне на "Сапсане" [...]
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Feb. 28th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
American Impressions from Sochi Olympics
User ambival referenced to your post from American Impressions from Sochi Olympics saying: [...] posts about my Olympic journey: American Journey to Sochi, Part 1: Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg [...]
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Mar. 1st, 2014 07:40 am (UTC)
American Impressions from Sochi Olympics
User ok_no_dim referenced to your post from American Impressions from Sochi Olympics saying: [...] posts about my Olympic journey: American Journey to Sochi, Part 1: Sapsan Train from St. Petersburg [...]
anna_sollanna
Mar. 3rd, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
I've never traveled by Sapsan but I have traveled once by Allegro train from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki and back. It is high speed train too. You definitely should try it! It had free Wi-Fi everywhere. And as far as I remember its attendants spoke English very well. There was also food service there and they accepted both euros and rubles.
As for suitcases - me and my mother almost got into trouble with them. Our suitcase was black, but with small golden stickers (my mother had stuck them for us to distinguish our suitcase from other people ones), and there was also one more black suitcase on the racks in our car. And owner of this suitcase was leaving the train before us and he mixed his suitcase with our! Fortunately my mother was just leaving the toilet and managed to see this! So she saved our stuff for us. We were at the very beginning of our trip to Germany and this loss might have been very awful for us...
PS And what was the door opening system in Sapsan? Were there special buttons you should press to open the doors?
peacetraveler22
Mar. 3rd, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
I read about the Allegro train, and would love to take a ride! I've never been to any Nordic country. They all look so beautiful, but incredibly expensive to vacation there. I don't recall about the doors on Sapsan. And I have a bright red suitcase to avoid luggage mix-ups. However, a similar situation happened to me on a plane w/a carry-on bag. Mine was black, with a blue ribbon tied on the handle. Someone mistakenly grabbed it, and I was walking to the luggage desk to report the mix-up when I saw another passenger sitting at a gate w/my bag. A miracle that I noticed him and found my bag before he boarded the flight. :)) It's a real problem to lose luggage. One time I wasn't so luck in Prague and had to wait two days for my luggage to arrive. A real hell!
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eugenevrn
May. 5th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
12 - what glass do you have there? 3.5-5.6 f/3.5?
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hello! I shoot with a Canon 7D, but am a novice photographer. I don't understand all the technical components yet, but here they are for the photo in #12. I rarely shoot in manual because I'm too lazy to continually adjust the camera settings based on indoor/outdoor and lighting conditions.

Date Feb 11, 2014, 11:20:27 AM
Width 5184
Height 3456
File Size 2831660
Camera Canon
Model Canon EOS 7D
ISO 3200
Exposure 1/60 sec
Aperture 4.5
Focal Length 40mm
Flash Used false
Orientation 1
White Balance 0
Metering Mode 5
Exposure Program 4
CCD Width 22.3
Exposure Bias 0.33333334
Focal Plane X-Resolution 5715.546
Focal Plane Resolution Unit 2.0
Date and Time (Original) 2014:02:11 19:20:27
eugenevrn
May. 5th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ok. thank you.
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May. 5th, 2014 09:52 am (UTC)
Россия глазами иностранцев: Железнодорожное путешест
User jezmhkonda referenced to your post from Россия глазами иностранцев: Железнодорожное путешествие американки saying: [...] и Москвой? Или вы предпочитаете путешествие самолётом? Впечатления? *Оригинал записи читайте здесь [...]
bannik0v
Jul. 5th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
Your story reminded me about my ride on the Sapsan train on the same route two years ago. I got nearly the same positive experience. Good story.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading! Sapsan is an impressive train! I liked it a lot. Btw, I once drove the route from Moscow to St. Petersburg via car, which was a total nightmare! I can't ever imagine doing that again now that I'm familiar with the Russian rail system. I'm glad I did it once though. Unique Russian experience to travel long distance on the roads. :))
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Mar. 11th, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
Плацкартное приключение!
User phd_paul_lector referenced to your post from Плацкартное приключение! saying: [...] Sapsan Train to St. Petersburg [...]
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Mar. 17th, 2015 08:48 am (UTC)
Platzkart Adventure!
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