Moscow 007Visiting the capital of Russia was exciting, exhausting, interesting, and inspiring.  World famous sights, new experiences and reminders of just how tired a person can be, were all had on this trip.

I was a nervous wreck when we got to the train station, not knowing what was going to happen.  We boarded the train without any problems (despite my having to dig in my pants on the platform to get my passport) and found our seats beds.  All three of us were on top bunks, where you couldn’t sit up due to the ceiling, so we sat for a while with our… what?  Train mates?  Locomotive neighbors.  An elderly lady and her granddaughter were on one bed, and a man in his forties was below me.  The (maybe 4 or 5 year old) girl loved to talk on the phone, both her бабушка’s and the toy phone she had for the trip.  The cute thing was that she kept giving the imaginary caller updates on whether the train had left yet or not, but she kept confusing ‘train’ – поезда and ‘train station’ – вокзал.   She was saying ‘No the train station isn’t moving yet.  It’s still here.’  Things like that.  After visiting the dining car, having a бутерброд – a slice of bread with meat, cheese, tomato and dill and a пиво – beer, we tried to go to sleep.  Unfortunately, the window that was inches away from both Elizabeth and my head would bang loudly every time we would pass an oncoming train, which, happened a lot.  So, not much sleep the first night, as people started to stir around 4:15am.  At 6am, after a long night on a train, we arrived in the capital city.

On the train with Liza

On the train with Liza

First Class accomodation!  Well, no, 3rd class, truthfully.

First Class accomodation! Well, no, 3rd class, truthfully.

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Classy Bathroom!

Classy Bathroom!

We made it!

We made it!

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