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I Would like to show you now a short series from my Trans Siberian trip. I realize that I will not get points for it, but I do not care. I just want to share my joy from this cool experience. The excursion to Siberia seems like something to the end of the world, more than Patagonia. It was the most exciting part of my trip (except the meeting with J and S, of course :))
I have dreamed about it for many many years but it seemed to me very difficult to organize and besides I had no one wanting to go with me. Alone in Trans Siberian? Crazy idea. But suddenly I realized that I could do it after my meeting with Jason and Serghei. And it was so easy! Visa: expensive (around 110 euro with insurance included) but done in just one week. Tickets: I bought it just in Internet. A few minutes and done. One can buy tickets 45 days in advance.

Something from Wikipedia:
The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. It has connected Moscow with Vladivostok since 1916, and is still being expanded.
It was built from 1891 to 1916 under the supervision of Russian government ministers who were personally appointed by Tsar Alexander III and by his son, Tsar Nicholas II.
The Trans-Siberian Railway is often associated with the main transcontinental Russian line that connects hundreds of large and small cities of the European and Asian parts of Russia. At 9,259 kilometres spanning a record seven time zones and taking eight days to complete the journey, it is the third-longest single continuous service in the world, after the Moscow–Pyongyang 10,267 kilometres and the Kiev–Vladivostok 11,085 kilometres services, both of which also follow the Trans-Siberian for much of their routes.

Funny thing about it is that the times everywhere on the stations and in timetables is given in Moscow time. I was quite confused - Warsaw time, Moscow, Perm and local.. What time it really is??? Not the it would be very important.

This is the view of the trains on the station in Tyumen. It was cold and raining so I went only to see the view from the platform.

Tyumen is the largest city and the administrative center of Tyumen Oblast, 2,500 kilometers east of Moscow.

Tyumen was the first Russian settlement in Siberia. Founded in 1586 to support Russia's eastward expansion, the city has remained one of the most important industrial and economic centers east of the Ural Mountains. Located at the junction of several important trade routes and with easy access to navigable waterways, Tyumen rapidly developed from a small military settlement to a large commercial and industrial city. The central part of Old Tyumen retains many historic buildings from throughout the city's history. Only one page of photos from Tyumen on TE.
The people found it strange that I made photos, so I used my small camera the whole journey.

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The beginning of my trip: 3.31 in Perm, Moscow time. My train was number 44, Moscow-Khabarovsk. 5 days from Perm. I was at the station already at 3 o'clock at the morning M.t. very excited. In Perm it was 5.

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