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After a quick night's sleep in Moscow, it was time to head to Kazansky Rail Station to continue my journey to the Olympics. The original plan was to take the new double-decker train to Sochi, but after arriving at the station I was informed the train was full. So, I waited for the standard train which wasn't scheduled to depart for about three hours. What to do in the meantime? I wanted to take photos of the station, but a guard immediately approached when he saw the camera and informed me no photography is allowed. I was able to speak to the Chief of the station, a very nice guy who spoke decent English. Because the station is undergoing a lot of construction, the Chief preferred that no photos be taken. However, he offered to give me rare access to the rooftop of Kazansky Rail Station and from there I saw some amazing views shortly before sunrise!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: [...] rt infrastructure now in place in Sochi. I arrived in the Adler Station after a long train ride [...]
nar_row
Feb. 28th, 2014 06:33 am (UTC)
Well, I guess you did like the train ride, didn't you? :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, now I'm a train fan! :) It was fun, but I would grow tired of being on these long routes all the time. It's cool to do it on occasion if I'm in an adventurous mood and have a lot of free time.
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atlantis555
Feb. 28th, 2014 06:38 am (UTC)
> as the train frequently jerks without notice

Ahahah, Shannon, have mercy upon my language skillz!



Sorry, I cannot properly translate this.



Surri, zis I cannot transleit aizer. Zis mun jast asks 2 b fotoshoppet.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
:)))!!
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Feb. 28th, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
American Journey to Sochi, Part 2: Train Ride from Moscow to Adler
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noizz_orb
Feb. 28th, 2014 08:15 am (UTC)
The train you took is not quite typical for the whole Russia. I would say it has more conveniences. The typical trains are much older and in poor condition. In most carriages air conditioning doesn't work, so a trip in summer turns a real torture. Sochi is considered as high rated destination. So, Russian Railways provided the best carriages to this destination. If you take a trip to Siberia, you'll for sure enjoy the best of Russian extreme ))
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
It would be impossible for me to travel in summer w/out air conditioning! I would probably pass out as I'm very sensitive to heat. Yes, I know these are the nicest trains put in place to impress foreign guests. Perhaps someday I'll take a seat on a more challenging and authentic Russian train. However, I think there's a real effort to improve the quality and hopefully this antiquated models will be phased out in the near future.
phd_paul_lector
Feb. 28th, 2014 10:02 am (UTC)
Once I went to St.Petersburg by "Grand", that's an expencive private train; their 3rd class is like this 1st, and in their 1st class you have a private vathroom and a queen-size bunk; but they also have a Luxury class - i dunno what they have there
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
Private bathroom w/queen sized bunk? It must be soooo expensive, but very cool!
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Feb. 28th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
Амер канка едет в Сочи, часть 2: на поезде из Москвы в Ад
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d_byzero
Feb. 28th, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hi Shannon,
my name is Anton, I live in Moscow.
You report is very interesting.
Traveling by train in Russia is really not something terrible as you could see. Unfortunately information in English is still rare in Russia, but as you can see there are more and more people speaking English and ready to help. Trains to Ural or Siberia are also not bad :-) When I was young I often traveled to Perm (city in Western Ural, approx 1000 miles from Moscow) to my Grandmother's, so I spent much time in trains. Usually I used second-class. But the only time I traveled to Sochi being a student, I used the third class. The conditions were not very good, but I traveled was with my student friends, so travel comfort wasn't very important. :-)

Photography is often forbidden on railway stations in Russia, the reasons are not clear even for Russians. But you are lucky to find yourself on the railway station roof and to take good pictures. :-)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Hi Anton! Welcome to my blog! How did you find me? Yes, I was very lucky to be able to photograph and view the stations from the roof. :)
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victogan
Feb. 28th, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
You didn`t trip by "common" class. This is really cool!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:27 pm (UTC)
Some day I'll try "common class", but only when I'm traveling w/out camera equipment and laptops. Welcome to my blog!
nordlight_spb
Feb. 28th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm,interesting to read the opinion of foreign citizen about russian railways )
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
I also like to read foreigners' opinions about America. Good to see your nation through another lens.
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living_for_free
Feb. 28th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
thanks!
traveling in the 3rd class is really fun. warm, friendfull and nice people are everywhere. u should try it sometime.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe on the next trip!
fletch_r
Feb. 28th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ryazan is not depressive town, Ryazan - capital of VDV and soul of all Russia town)))
My longest train rider was from Tynda to Moscow, 5,5 days.
Sorry for my bad English
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
Your English is good! 5.5. days!! There's a shower on this train so you can bathe?
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Feb. 28th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
American Impressions from Sochi Olympics
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sagemeurtrier
Feb. 28th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ryazan is not that bad -_-

Mostly it depends on the train... If you are going to choose a good one, you wont see any difference with a train to Sochi. But some shitty trains exist on the way to Siberia too. I have kind of a good experience as i usually use transsiberian trains every year. And guess this year too, as I'm planning to show Baikal lake to my american friend. Feel free o ask any question, if you'll decided to organize a transsiberian trip.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I will keep your contact information, but the main challenge is finding the time and financial resources for a trip to Siberia. But the desire is definitely there!
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g_kar
Feb. 28th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
>Even the nice hotel I stayed at in Sochi had no English language channels
That’s quite strange – many sat-TV packages in Russia have at least 1-2 EN channels.

>18. Now let's move on to one of our favorite topics - food! In the hallway by my cabin there were drinks, candies and other food. I wasn't sure if they were free or paid?
Usually you need to pay to attendant for these, but in 1st class it could be free.

> 24. Later I returned for a snack - coffee and cookies.
This cookie brand (Jubilee) has history - it was introduced back in 1913, on 300-th jubilee of Romanov dynasty. Surprisingly, both the name and the product survived after Revolution for more than a hundred years :)

>37. Winter Games with palm tress?
I remember I was very impressed by those palms trees when I visited Sochi for the first time, I was 7 or 8 back then :)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 28th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
It was a bummer for me because I like to watch the news in the evening before going to bed. I get tired of staring at my laptop all the time, and don't like to watch entertainment content on it. I like old fashioned television sets. :) Jubilee cookie history is interesting, readers are always teaching me new things. Thanks! I can see how Russians like Sochi because of its warm/tropical climate, providing relief from the typical cold, grey scene. For me, this atmosphere isn't so appealing.
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