Siberian Express Dreams

Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China, late December, 2014. Part 7: I’ve had Siberian Express dreams for years, taking a train across the vast stretch of Siberia, leaving Moscow headed constantly on, day and night, to distant places in Asia. December 2014 was our opportunity to make dreams real. Like much of travel everywhere, people were the best part. People were the best part. Although each party had their own cabin and while plenty of time was spent sprawled out reading or listening to music, most people seemed to…

Siberian Express Dreams

Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and China, late December, 2014. Part 6: I’ve had Siberian Express dreams for years, taking a train across the vast stretch of Siberia, leaving Moscow headed constantly on, day and night, to distant places in Asia. December 2014 was our opportunity to make dreams real. With eight nights and seven days on board, we had to eat. Eating aboard the trains wasn’t our first concern. Dining cars are generally available (more on this later) but many of the passengers, especially the Russians and younger Europeans…

Siberian Dreams

Out of Moscow, Russia, December 21, 2014. Part 2: I’ve had Siberian Express dreams for years, taking a train across the vast stretch of Siberia, leaving Moscow headed constantly on, day and night, to distant places in Asia. December 2014 was our opportunity to make dreams real. But there is no Siberian Express or there are several–none of which are the antique train show above which I saw parked next to a depot. There really isn’t a Siberian Express, or there are several, depending on how you look…

Beijing, not Peking, duck

A cold wind and a day of walking can take you to unexpected places and Beijing, not Peking, duck. Walking down a street in Beijing at the end of December, the icy wind shrieked at our backs, blasting every fluttering leaf past us faster than we could walk. We were hungry and in search of local fare on a smaller, narrow street instead of the dishes found in the big hotels and busy shopping areas a few blocks over. Two restaurants had the English words “home cooking.” Just…

Travel blog Great Wall of China

Coincidence, Serendipity, and Travel: A Series, and You Are Invited. Chapter 4, On the Great Wall of China With over a billion people in China, you should run into someone you know, right? Or at least someone should decide that it would be great to have his or her photo taken with you, don’t you think? Maybe if you were a movie star, but just regular folks like my wife and I? No, that won’t happen. Or will it? My list of travel coincidences started with coincidental stories…