So, I entered the train at 4AM on Sept. 24. I had decided to travel first class, to avoid being four people in a small space and to have a shower. Unfortunately, the train is super old and there ain’t no shower. No plugs in the compartments neither, I’ll have to charge my computer in the corridor.
Though, the train decoration is unbelievable. Entering my cabin at night, I have the feeling I am entering an Agatha Christie décor. There is a long stripes carpet in the corridor, a flowers carpet in my cabin, silk curtains hanged at my window, delicate sheets on my bed, flower pillows… So the décor makes its first class. Plus I have to towels instead of one, though I wonder what I’m gonna do with those since anyway there is no shower to have. Plus there are only two beds. Plus the Prodvinista looks nicer than in other classes. Haha.
As I went to bed very late, I will not be very active that day. Watched series (How to Make it in America, good one), had several naps.
Meanwhile, the train is leaving the Baikal region. I’ve read yesterday that, in the Irkutsk region, houses collapse because of global warming. Indeed, taiga is planted on ice, the famous permafrost we heard of at school.
was leaving Buriatie, one of the poorest republics of the federation. A few meters of iced land, frozen all year long. In theory. It is starting to melt in some areas. And Irkutsk houses collapse. Later, trees roots will not find anything to grip, soil will melt, and the forest itself could collapse… Without mentioning the cities concrete buildings, the nuclear plants…
The train keeps going, and I say good-bye to Buriatie – by the way one of the poorest Republics of the Federation. It is also time for a farewell moment with TAIGAAAA, before I warmly welcome the steppes, finally!
Good move: landscapes at the end of the day are unbelievable.
At the beginning, nice tones of autumn, a full range of colors from yellow to brown.
And then, one hour later, it looked like the nature was on fire.
The second day, Sept. 25, we pass by many rivers and MARAIS. And I understand why this portion of rail was a nightmare to build. Everything is liquid here. Here as well, sunset in unbelievable, as the sky reflects perfectly in every single drop of water.