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I DID IT. SIBERIAN TRAIN TURNS OUT TO BE A PIECE OF CAKE COMPARED TO MONGOLIA BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY.  COMING TO YOU EVENING FROM HERE IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN UB.  SIBERIAN TRAIN. DAY FOUR: AUGUST 31, 2015. READY FOR DRY LAND ONCE AGAIN. CREW HAS SCURVY AND I’M SURE I HEARD ‘MAN OVERBOARD’ AT LEAST ONCE LAST NIGHT. 1:55am The windows are now seriously dirty. It’s still overcast, gray. Chilly. Trees… Read More

DON’T FORGET…ONE AND TWO BEFORE THREE. SIBERIAN TRAIN. DAY THREE: AUGUST 30, 2015/FIRST DAY OF WEEK FIVE 3:50am. This is strange magic here my friends. 3:50am. Did I mention that? And it is bright daylight. My watch is still set on the same time as the clock in the train. So obviously we are all forever on Moscow time. And we’ve traveled over 50 hours east so that’s not right is it?… Read More

SO REMEMBER TO READ CHAPTER ONE FIRST. SIBERIAN TRAIN. DAY TWO: AUGUST 29, 2015  4:50 Am. Feel wonderful. Alert. Happy. Well. Slept from about 9pm—soundly. Moving with the sway, swaying with the moves, train whistle white noise since this car is far from the front. Riding the train is an apt expression; my body is learning to move with the train, like horseback riding. This Siberian train has its own gait. It’s… Read More

The next four posts will be coming to you from a hotel in Ulan Bator; they will be posted in order but wind up on face book in a block. IF YOU are going to take the Siberian train from Moscow to Ulan Bator in the near future I suggest you read them—in order. Of course what you’ll be reading are my barely edited notes but they will offer you a front… Read More