Six thousand miles. Seven time zones. And endless cups of hot tea. NPR reporter David Greene along with producer Laura Krantz and photographer David Gilkey boarded the Trans-Siberian Railway in Moscow and took two weeks to make their way to the Pacific Ocean port city of Vladivostok.
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Producer Laura Krantz experiences the abundance of potatoes in Russian cuisine along her trip on the Trans-Siberian railway.
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Passengers on the Trans-Siberian Railway gather to make tea, coffee, oatmeal, soup, pasta or anything instant whose preparation demands hot water.
A Trans-Siberian mindset involves spending the long journey gazing out the window, thinking. You're eager for the next stop, where even the smallest things are thrilling. It's an environment that makes you eager to make friends, which is indeed a Trans-Siberian tradition.
Many Russians have grown tired of a way of life that seems to involve bribes to get anything. Sunday's election offers little hope for change; while Vladimir Putin isn't on the ballot, the vote is still expected to be a victory for him.
NPR Moscow correspondent David Greene, producer Laura Krantz and photographer David Gilkey share their journey along the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Vladivostok.