Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30óóó͘¥½®Öæƒþ®Ä›͘ěã&›ÙçƒÙùϮϬϭϳ ϭϲ How can I pack the won- der and excitement of the Trans-Siberian Railway into a one-page article? I can’t. It’s impossible. The colors! The smells! The sounds! The Russian culture! The other travelers! Every moment is memorable. You’re just going to have to go do it yourself. But before you do, I can at least offer these four “must- do’s” for your trip. “But wait!” you say. “What exactly is the Trans-Siberian Railway?” It is an incredibly long train route (the longest in the world in fact) that extends from Moscow in the west to Vladivostok in the east. It spans 6,152 miles and takes seven days straight to com- plete. It crosses much of Russia’s Taiga and Western Siberia. A similar route, the Trans-Mongolian Railway extends from Moscow in the west to Beijing in the East, passing through Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, on the way. For those adventurous travel- ers on the hunt for slow travel experiences, this should be high on your bucket list. On our particular journey, we began in St. Petersburg and ended in Ulaanbaatar. We stopped in Moscow and Irkutsk along the way. We spent roughly two weeks on our journey, and the longest leg of our train ride was the three days between Moscow and Irkutsk. Which leads me WRP\¿ UVWWLS 4 Must-Do’s of Train Hopping on the TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY Article & Images By Aeri Rose Tip 1: Build city stops and side trips into your itinerary. Jumping on the train in Moscow and not stopping until you reach the eastern coast is ambitious, but you may get more enjoyment out of your journey if you break it into smaller legs with breaks to sightsee along the way. In Moscow we spent three days exploring and it still wasn’t enough. There is so much history and modern day culture to take in! In Irkutsk we took a side trip to nearby Listvyanka, a small village on the shores of Lake Baikal. Here we took time to hike parts of the Great Baikal Trail, dine on ORFDO¿ VKDQGWDNHLQWKHEUHDWKWDNLQJEHDXW\RIWKHFU\VWDOFOHDUODNH$IWHUWKUHH days of sitting on a train making small talk with our cabin mates and wandering between our bunks and the meal car, having a few days of fresh air was a pleasant change of scenery. Speaking of cabin mates, my second tip is…