printperson (printperson) wrote,

visit to Russia, part 3

After three days in Moscow, we traveled by train to Saint Petersburg. The trip is five and a half hours, so I had a lot of time to draw and read. The seats in each half of the train car face a direction of travel, and we had the backwards-facing seats. So I drew this on my knees, with occasional pauses to let my poor suffering legs recover for a moment.

A train attendant prepared tea in traditional tea glasses for us.

The rail line passes through mostly empty countryside. After we left the Moscow metropolitan area, lots of mostly abandoned or barely inhabited villages and tiny dachas. Birch and pine forests, lonely river valleys, few hills. No agriculture. The land is too poor and too far north to grow much. There were only two stops. At one, local people were on the platform selling mushrooms, berries and drinks to the passengers. One person had a dog that looked very close to a wolf. The area the train passed through before arriving in Saint Petersburg is filled with abandoned steel factories. All the old heavy industry has gone elsewhere. We arrived in Saint Petersburg around 10:30 pm. The sun was still shining brightly. Real darkness didn't come until after midnight.
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