What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Although I like trains and train travel, it was with some trepidation that I undertook this journey, knowing that I will be sharing accommodation on a train with total strangers in "Big Brother" fashion! We British tend to like our "personal space" and do not like getting too close to each other physically....... or emotionally.
After two days in Moscow, sizing up each other and getting to know each other, we finally boarded the train in the evening. We were an assorted bunch with an age range from 60+ down to 27 and we were from all walks of life. Married couples, partnerships and lonely travellers; all shapes, sizes and colour with different beliefs in life.
The first night on the train was obviously slightly awkward but within the day we became like family, sharing food, keeping out of the way when necessary, not disturbing each other and most importantly, piling into one compartment to have a party at night! The Vodka did help matters but it was quite inspiring to see everybody getting on well with each other including associating with our "Non-British fellow travellers".
One night we went on a "Night Out" to the Dining Car and had a great time!
Very soon we started discussing our personal lives and emotional problems and everyone was sympathetic towards everybody else.
I couldn't help thinking that this was a very good "Bonding Exercise".
Most of us were in tears on the last day and have been in touch with each other since then.