3. Preparation to Get on Trans-Siberian Train – Rossiya 002: A Train Buff’s Russian Trans-Siberian Adventure

3.  Preparation to Get on Trans-Siberian Train – Rossiya 002

Couple years after my long distance Indian train travel in 2008, I read about Trans-Siberian train in Russia, a 7 day travel, in travel books from Moscow to Vladivostok. That got me interested. I love the scenery with green trees and lake Baikal in Siberia, peace and quietness, culture and travelers, lengthy time, dining car, train motion, long distance and plain curiosity.

First the experience at Yaroslavsky train station in Moscow on June 17, 2017, Saturday evening. Me and my travel partner (Michael) got to the station at 8:30pm, very early arrival to the station. Our train number 002, Rossiya fast express train,  did not leave until 11:45pm. Earlier in the evening, a cab pulled in front of us, and two women passengers were leaving out of the cab. We hailed at the cab. After some discussion, the Russian young driver, looked like he was in late 20’s, friendly and helpful, decided to take us to train station. We wanted to pay up to 350 Roubles, based on my research on guide on Google cab ride. He was speaking in Russian, and we both were talking in English with him. Very funny!

 I took my cell phone out and turned on Google Translate from English to Russian for basic conversation for the ride and fare. The young driver said, it may be around 350 to 400 Roubles. We agreed and told him to take us to train station. The traffic was not too bad, because it is Saturday evening. We made sure the driver took us to the right station and stay within the price we agreed. It took him about 25 minutes to get to the station.  The fare came up to 450 Roubles. We didn’t mind paying the 450 Roubles, because I paid 250 Roubles as my share. The 7km ride was a much better experience than the nightmare we had with another cab driver, when we arrived at the Red Square, where our apartment was about half a mile from it.

Our experience the day we reached the Red Square Tuesday evening was rainy, overcast and walking around with our bags to find out exactly where our apartment was located. Google Map was no help. when the cab driver approached us, he shown us the charges. 100 Roubles for one KM and 100 Roubles for each minute. Very expensive ride for a half mile and some streets were congested, and we ended up paying 1,500 Roubles, a rip off.

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2. A 30 – Day Train Ride: A Train Buff’s Russian Trans-Siberian Adventure

2. 30 – Day Train Ride

  In late 2007, I had this bug to get on long distance trains in India and sleep on these trains as many nights as possible. By this time I am married to Denise in 2006, and I held a part-time job as a volunteer coordinator with a non-profit organization in Las Vegas. Yes, Denise and I moved, to Las Vegas in 2001, from San Diego area. I told my wife Denise, that I long to travel on long distance trains in India, and not stay on many hotels. She agreed and with her blessings, I quit my part-time job in early 2008, and bought a 30 day Indrail Pass on AC2 (Air condition) trains.

  On this journey, my sleeping berth and seat reservations were made by an agency in London for free, because I purchased the Indrail Pass from them. This time I traveled on 19 express trains, and slept 24 nights on various trains. I traveled on the longest distance and lengthy time on Himsagar Express for 72 hours (3 nights and 4 days), from Kanyakumari in deep South India to Jammu Tawi in Kashmir North India. Another train journey which was 3 nights and 4 days, and took 72 hours with few hours delay was Guwahathi Express, Ohka in Western Gujarat to far Eastern city Guwahati in the state of Assam. All the other trains were mostly one night journey.

Just a reminder, India is one-third the size of USA. So short one night train journeys are the majority. This trip in 2008 I traveled on four Rajdhani Express trains, and they provide meals on their trains, of course its included in the ticket price. Rajdhani’s have fewer stops and run faster, and have “right of way” when delays occur. I enjoyed the 5 week trip to India, and thought I got fulfillment and content with long distance trains.

1. In My Early Years: A Train Buff’s Russian Trans-Siberian Adventure

  1.  In My Early Years

 I love train travel. Ever since I was 12 years old, I traveled overnight train from outside of Bombay to Hyderabad in South India. It was twice a year to the boarding school in Hyderabad, for 6 years till I was 18. I was the only student in the boarding, coming from a distant region to attend school and stay in boarding, and go home in summer and Christmas holidays. All the locomotive engines were steam from Pune to Hyderabad.

At age 18 I moved to USA in 1964, joined my dad and family. First time I returned to India was for 3 weeks in 1987, and most of the travel was by plane inside India, and one overnight train journey. It all started back in 1998, when I took off to India for 60 days. I quit my subcontractor position as a financial analyst at an aerospace company near Los Angeles, and told my girl friend Denise, I want to ride the Indian rails on a mass scale. She encouraged me to take that long trip. I let go of the apartment I was renting.

 So there I went, with a 60 day Indrail Pass, which allowed me to travel on any train, but had to make reservation for a sleeping berth. Indian trains are crowded , and requires lengthy planning. It helped getting reservations on AC2 (Air Condition) carriages on various trains, due to foreign reserve quotas. The longest duration I traveled was on Kerala Express, from New Delhi to Trivandrum. Kerala Express was a 3 day, 2 night travel. The train went through various states, all the way to deep South India. Some were electric engines.

On this trip all the other train journey’s were a one night journey, and did visit few relatives in various Indian states. I enjoyed the 60 day trip to India. This was primarily a spiritual pilgrimage journey. I thought I had a good fill with trains, for a while. I stayed at many hotels close to train stations, about 15 of them. Just before starting my journey, I came across “India by Rail” guide book, and was a great asset.

 

Opening ourselves to God’s Prosperity

Prayer with people Dear Lord, Thank you for this blessed day, and many blessings you have bestowed upon us. Guide us to be good stewards, and in awareness of your presence and grace within us. We pray for prosperity in all walks of our lives, and to assist and serve others, who are experiencing financial challenges.  Help us see your abundant prosperity blessings, within each one of us.

We thank you for keeping us in self- awareness in right mindset and prosperity, by plugging into the divine power, that we are all capable of using.

We thank You Lord, for we have already acknowledged, your blessings of prosperity upon  us, and the divinity in all of us, creating Heaven on Earth.

And so it is!

Amen

 

Finding Peaceful Answers

Prayer with hands Dear Lord, thank you for this blessed day! We pray for the victim’s families in Orlando, Florida for peace, harmony and consoling them, where their loved ones perished due to hatred.  We come before you today, to find peaceful answers.

Lord, guide us to our inner awareness and hearts, to accept all people as they are with love, understanding, and in recognition – as we are individual beings, connected to each other as one, living in harmony. In times of darkness, give us blessed hope. We pray for hope. We need hope for a future. We need hope for a better life.

We pray to be filled with your light. To know that all is right in the world, as you have planned, and create heaven on earth.

And so it is!

Amen.

Create 2016 is the best year yet

Prayer with hands  Dear Lord, we give thanks for this blessed day. We ask for your continued blessings and guidance, in all of us this 2016 New Year. We ask that this year, be one of peace, harmony and joy, for our families, friends, communities, our nation and the world. We ask to grant us compassion and desire, to serve the needy and less fortunate. We also pray for peace and blessings, on those far from home.

Lord, help us to forgive ourselves, and to forgive one another. Guide us to be in awareness of our values, and our deepest desires. Fill us to live in the goodness, that comes from doing, what you want us to do.

Thank you Lord, for all you do in our life, and guide us create heaven on earth.

And so it is!

Amen

Opening ourselves to God

Prayer with hands  Dear Lord, we thank you for giving us, this blessed and miraculous day. We pray that we recognize, and in awareness of the divine spirit, thereby, transformation taking place in our lives. We pray for healing with love in our communities, and in other parts of the world. Guide us to send our prayers, vibrations and waves of love, towards others.

Lord, we pray to recognize our God given attributes of love, to open ourselves, to understand others, and without judgement and expectations, give and share love unconditionally.

We ask you God to bless us with love, kindness and compassion. Bring peace and healing to our communities, our nation and the world, creating Heaven on Earth.

And so it is!

Amen