Kade kneels next to a stream formed by the San Francisco Glacier, about two hours outside Santiago, Chile.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Trains and Very Fast Trains

From Moscow, travelers can head back east on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Sometimes people travel "short" legs of the railway to historic cities like Nizhny Novgorod, which is celebrating its 787th birthday. Another stop might be Ekaterinburg, the city where the last Tsar (Nicholas II) and his family were held and later executed during the Civil War that followed the October 1917 Revolution. Be sure to click the map above - I do indeed love maps! - to spot these destinations. Travelers might tour a few cities like these and return by train to Moscow. For the more adventurous, you can travel all the way to Vladivostok or Beijing. Siberia (and Mongolia, for that matter) has a plethora of outdoor activities and wonders. The warmer seasons might be more ideal. When Kade and stayed in Moscow in 2007, we met a young lady from Spain named Imma. After touring Moscow, Imma jumped on the Trans-Siberian Railway and headed deep inside Siberia. She experienced this. While some like Imma journey East, others leave Moscow and head northwest to majestic St. Petersburg. Recently Russia invested in a "bullet train," more than halving the normal eight hours a regular train takes to traverse this territory.

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