Well, I must admit, vv's report made me actually finally do the long-delayed travelogue from this journey, as I'm sure some will enjoy!
So, I will start with the map of the journey - this is by rail:
I then flew on the Belarussian airlines from Astana to the capital of Belarus, Minsk, where I took the Russian train Moscow - Warsaw to the capital of Warsaw.
On this journey, I was threatned with deportation twice! All the details in the travelogue further on
My journey lasted from July 24th until August 3rd.The initial idea was to do a loop - Warsaw to Minsk to St Petersburg to Moscow to Kiev to Warsaw, then it grew to go to Ekaterinburg, at which point I thought hey what the heck, might as well go to Siberia And then, upon realizing that US passports do not need a visa to go to Kazakhstan, I decided to go to Omsk and catch the train to Astana as well. All in all, very interesting experienced.
Unlike VV, a lot of the trains I travelled in were the cheapest of the cheapest, so experience may vary. In this travelogue I will attempt to show a lot of pictures but also a decent amount of text, as there are some interesting stories to tell.
I hope you all enjoy!
So let's start off with my hometown - this is Lublin, in eastern Poland, about 60 miles away from the border with Ukraine. However, this is not where I'm going.
Inside of the station building. It is relatively small but modern. No screens, but old departure and arrival boards. The middle is a compass of sorts.
The time was very early - 4:30, and I was catching an intercity train that would travel to Warsaw and further on, but I was only travelling for an hour, about 60 miles to a town called Dęblin, where I would switch to a regional train which would take me to the border with Belarus.