Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Final Leg

Leg 5: Moscow to St. Petersburg; 650 km/404 miles; 7 hours and 39 minutes

We have completed the final leg of our journey from the Pacific to the Baltic Sea -- over 7,000 kilometers (about 9,000 km including our bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing), 7 overnights on the train, and lots of memories.

The rail yard at Moscow's Leningradsky station -- it started raining soon after taking this photo

This final leg was the shortest of all.  We boarded the train at 11 p.m. on a rainy night in Moscow.  We had two cabinmates, both Russian women who spoke little English.  It didn't matter that we couldn't communicate much, because we all quickly went to sleep.  Our wake-up knock would come early!  We arrived in St. Petersburg bright and early at 6:39 a.m.  We were a little sad that our long journey was over, but excited to start exploring St. Petersburg!

Thumbs-up for arriving at the Moscovsky railway station in St. Petersburg!

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