The Allegro Train

I’m about to take the fast Allegro train to St. Petersburg, the starting point of my Trans-Siberian train journey.

Actually, I’m able to update this post a bit since we’ve got free WiFi on board! The train left on time, and since Helsinki is a bilingual city, I actually got a welcome and send-off in Swedish! Nice touch. (All train announcements are in Finnish, Russian, Swedish and English.)

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The Allegro train seems very new, with comfy seats and lots of leg room in second class. I’m surrounded by Russians mainly, but I can hear a bit of Finnish and English as well. There’s a restaurant car five carriages down, which I’ll try later.

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Well, even if I’m starting my Trans-Siberian train journey “properly” on Sunday when I get on the train in St. Petersburg, my eastward train journey is starting today. Also, when I reach Beijing 11th August – the official end of my Trans-Siberian journey – I’ll be taking another train to Shanghai (I’ve given up on Hong Kong; there just isn’t enough time). Which means I’ll be travelling from Helsinki to Shanghai by train. I know the St. Petersburg to Beijing train journey is 9,994 kilometres. How far the entire journey is, I’ll work out later.

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