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hard berth to Xian


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Thursday 28th March.
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Fail to get up early. Return bicycle, 5 days 9 Y. Buy some provisions for the 18 hour journey and grab lunch.
Board the train at lunchtime, nearly miss it by standing in the wrong queue. Luxury of a hard berth. These carriages have about 10 open compartments each with six berths. I have a middle berth which I think is the best. There are four Swedish nurses in the compartment too. However they speak very little English. The scenery gets more interesting as we head west and some greenery starts to appear. Little chinese girl befriends me with cute smiles, and I get given sweets and apples. The Swedes have come over on the Trans-Siberian railway they have a large flask of instant coffee. Local coffee is truly appalling. Sleep well.

Posted by 1985 trip 13:36 Archived in China

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