Dining car, Trans Mongolia Express
One of the two waiters of the dining car of the Trans Mongolian Express This very friendly man wore the same gray T-shirt for five straight days and together with just one colleague he worked more or less all day and all night during those days. Note: The waving of this man might look a bit strange, but that is because of the timing of the photo. It was a nice greeting gesture after our visit to the dining car. The seats in the back are being occupied by trading goods of the Mongolian traders in the train.
Consumer electronics in Siberia
Many consumer electronics are unloaded in Ulan Ude, a city far in Siberia and the last stop before the Mongolian border.
Mongolian traders selling from train
At every stop along the route of the Trans-Mongolian Express traders are busy selling all kind of goods. Here some Mongolian traders are selling clothes from the open doors of the train somewhere in Siberia. The goods being sold (or bought) vary from city to city. Many passengers buy food along the way. Apparently they find the “restaurant” in the train too expensive and/or they don’t like the food on the menu.
Kirov railway station
First stop in Kirov, roughly 1000 km east of Moscow. The adventure has now really begun. Last night we left Moscow with the Transmongolian Express to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. One of the first stops was in the town of Kirov around 1030 the next morning.
Peter the Great Statue, Moscow
Statue of Peter the Great in Moscow The 98-metre-high monument of Peter the Great Statue is a 98-metre-high statue, located on a small island in the Moskva River in central Moscow, the capital of Russia. The photo is taken from the Gorky Park while doing some sightseeing in Moscow.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow
Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow Saint Basil’s Cathedral, an Orthodox church in Red Square of Moscow. We’re doing some sightseeing in the capital of Russia during our stopover. Only a few more days before taking the Trans-Siberian express to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
Flight to Moscow
Flight to Moscow. The start of a more than 6 month long adventure. On board of a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Moscow. The start of a journey of more than six months through 9 countries in Asia. On board of the plane we received champagne and various tasty snacks apparently arranged by a friend working at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.