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Having been on the transiberian railway and having gone from helsinki to Beijing via Tashkent, I find that train travel via central asia is a good idea, although one can go nuts spending three days on a train without stopping for more than a few minutes at a time.
by messy on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 12:24:49 PM EST
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What the Russian railways need to do is introduce hop-on-hop-off tickets if they don't have them already. Then you can spend 24 hours at each stop (how many trains are there a day?).

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 12:28:11 PM EST
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