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Travelling on the Trans-Siberian: 10 useful tips

A long-desired trip which I’ve been dreaming about for awhile now, marked with the number 8 on my travel bucket list finally came true: that was my recent Trans-Siberian trip. And since I’ve been getting a lot of questions – questions I myself had when beginning to organize this trip – I decided to prepare a post providing useful tips and information on a variety of matters concerning the life on the train. Travelling on the Trans-Siberian is a life goal for many people around the world while for others it is either a distant and faraway possibility, an outrageaous and dangerous idea or, on the other hand, an exciting adventure they wish to live but they are completely unaware of the specifics when it comes to organizing it. Before jumping on the train, I came across various dilemmas, as well as fear and anxiety, mainly caused by the lack…

Trans-Siberian – Next Station: Siberia

When I finally left Moscow, I hopped on board the world’s most famous train, the Trans-Siberian, in order to cross Siberia. Since I’ve already given you a taste of what to pack for the TransSiberian and what to do in Moscow, let me take you directly to my next stop: the so-called Siberian Paris; the city of Irkutsk. I guess that when you’re thinking of Siberia, the first thing that pops in your head is the freezing cold and the huge amount of snow covering the region’s vast fields. The very word “Siberia” means “the country that sleeps” (or even better, “hibernating”) in Mongolian. At the beginning of July though, when I arrived there, it was extremely hot – the temperature was stuck at 35°C – making me wonder how could it be that during the winter, the temperature reached a low of -30°C at the same exact place. So, in the…