It has felt like a long time coming but after nearly four weeks of baby steps the trans-Siberia starts now. Technically only starting in Moscow the traditional route goes down through Nizhny Novgorod across through Perm and the Ural mountains to our current destination of Yekaterinburg and then further on out to Vladivostock. Because of the false start out of Moscow that was the Golden Ring and then getting sidetracked to Kazan this fourteen hour overnight leg felt like the real beginning of the journey east. Not least because Yekaterinburg is a further time zone away from Moscow. The fourth out of eight on the trip. This leg also marks the point, in the form of a handy white pillar, where Europe becomes Asia and we reach the verges of Siberia.
Europe on one side, Asia the other. [read on]