This rail journey that covers seven time zones across the vastness that is Russia has long been on my wish list. It even came up yesterday, albeit briefly and in passing, on a friend’s Facebook page, the same day that The Guardian ran this photo essay on the route’s 9,259km/5,752m journey from Moscow to Vladivostok by Canadian photographer Annie Ling.
From her intro:
This year, I was able to realise one of my dream trips: riding the entire length of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok. I lost count of the piroshki (fried buns), potatoes, pelmeni (dumplings), and pickles I enjoyed. Between passing panoramas of the lush Taiga, rivers and hypnotising Lake Baikal, I relished drinking shots with a jovial pair sitting in a side-berth and picking up basic Russian while colouring with a playful four-year-old. Covering more than a dozen cities across seven time-zones, it was the welcoming locals and unassuming stops in neighbouring towns and villages that offered the lasting perspective.