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Journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway
We drove part of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Novosibirsk to Vladivostok. In total, we spent more than 4,5 days on the trains, or rather, 4 days and 12,5 hours. There were very short journeys - for example, from Irkutsk to Slyudyanka only 2,5 hours. Were average, a little over night. One crossing (Ulan-Ude – Khabarovsk) was very long - according to the schedule, 2 days 5 hours. I was most afraid of him. Moreover, the train that suited us in time was the simplest: number 100 Moscow-Vladivostok. This is not the "main train of the country", the fast train No. 2 Moscow-Vladivostok, on which we would like to travel at least once on any section, but, unfortunately, it never came up to us in time.
When we were still thinking about the trip, we wanted to plan it so as not to spend more than one night in a train on the train. It did not work out, unfortunately. After Baikal (Slyudyanka) to Vladivostok, there were exactly three interesting cities, if we exclude Birobidzhan, curious as the capital of the Jewish National District, and Erofei Pavlovich, which we liked by the name. (Everyone remembers that Yerofey Pavlovich was called Khabarov?) But we dropped these two small stations and there were exactly three large stations left: Ulan-Ude, Chita and Khabarovsk, from which we could choose only two. Khabarovsk, located in relation to Vladivostok, like Peter to Moscow, had no options: we did not want to go to Vladik for three days without a break; true, I still had to, but more on that later. Chita was a bit more convenient from the point of view of our concept: Chita east of Ula-Ude, which means closer to the final point, and if you go out in Chita, the longest crossing was less time consuming. But Ulan-Ude seemed to us more interesting. Firstly, the capital of Buryatia, which in itself is interesting. Secondly, datsan. So, without hesitation, they chose him and did not regret it at all.