Yesterday marked a milestone – we got off the Trans Siberian Railway for the first time in 7 days, except for a few short descents onto the platforms when we’d stop for 20 minutes or so to stretch our legs and forage for supplies. Yesterday evening we had a long hot shower (not a wipe-y bath), ate a real meal (not ramen, not chicken jerky, not canned tuna salad, not cold scrawny chicken legs, not unidentified yeasty cakes, not dough stuffed with who-knows-what, but Burger Heroes hamburgers with cold draft dark beers – Cheeseburgers in Paradise), slept in a real bed (not separate fold down berths that were just a tad too small), and enjoyed an en suite bathroom (not two small shared bathrooms at the end of the car with tiny sinks and toilets that screeched when flushed when they were working). Yesterday was a big day that makes us appreciate some of the things we take for granted.
Our life had been confined to a 6×7 foot compartment since last Tuesday in Vladivostok. It was quite the experience but a major relief to disembark. More to come on the trip but wanted to get this out since it’s been a while since we posted anything. We walked around Red Square last night after dinner and we’re looking forward to a food tour today, visiting the Kremlin Armory Museum, Bolshoi tour, and a couple of other sights tomorrow and Thursday. Then on to St. Petersburg for a few days there.