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Fast Facts: Eastern & Central Europe

Fast Facts: Eastern & Central Europe

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 36 days around 7 Eastern and Central European countries (8 countries including a day trip to Belarus). Stayed primarily in rooms (self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB, with the exception of a 4-night ski lodge suite in Koscielisko, Poland (Tatra National Park). Our basic itinerary: Transit – bus (Lux Express) from Moscow to Riga, Latvia Riga (3 nights) Transit – bus (Lux Express) from Riga to Vilnius, Lithuania Vilnius (2 nights) Transit – bus (Lux Express)…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

The penny enjoyed the lovely scenery in central Mongolia… … before hopping on the intercontinental Trans-Siberian Railway for an epic 4,800-mile journey across southern Russia. After arriving in Moscow, the penny found a perfect spot to sit and admire the vibrant ‘onion domes’ of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the focal point of picturesque Red Square.

Moscow

Moscow

We pulled into the Moscow train station and set off towards the station entrance with our new Finnish friends. We chatted and walked in the bright sunshine when suddenly, the daughter interjected, “did that say Stone?” I wheeled around and saw a man walking next to the train with our names on a sheet of paper, so we waved a sad farewell and headed off to our hotel. Thanks to Russia’s tight-fisted visas, the clock was ticking for anything we…

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Fast Facts: Trans-Siberian Railway

Fast Facts: Trans-Siberian Railway

WHAT WE DID: Rode the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing, China to Moscow, Russia: 1 night on Trans-Mongolian line (Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, Chinese train) 6 nights in Central Mongolia 4 nights on Trans-Siberian line (Ulaanbaatar to Moscow, Russian train)   WHAT WE LIKED: The spacious, first-class bench seats that fold down into beds are surprisingly comfortable. The upholstery is in good condition, and the bed linens and pillows are quite nice. I [Jenn] am not a good sleeper, but I actually…

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Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Railway

While I was excited to head off on our epic train journey, I don’t think either one of us was pleased to leave Mongolia. Still, the train tickets could not be changed, so we resigned ourselves to departing and made our way to the train station. The outside of the station was plain – just a simple, rough, stone structure – but gave way to an unexpectedly lavish foyer with large marble tiles, grand columns and an enormous, glittering chandelier….

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