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The Moscow sense of humour?

Some of the Moscow sights that aren’t in the guide book.

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UK to Moscow – Eurotastic!

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Tea, waiting 6 hours for a train in Latvia

Tea  in Dugavpils

Tea in Dugavpils

Location: Daugavpils, Latvia. In a random cafe

Date/Time: 8th May 2009, Lunch time

Variety of Tea: Black, loose leaf. Looked nice in the jar

Cost: 3 Lats (About £4) for 2

Service: Only one member of staff spoke English, so she got all her colleagues out to listen to me order. Amusing but a little odd

Taste: Cracking cuppa, even got milk which is a rare thing on this trip!

Ambiance: Shopping centre chic, not great. And they stopped us playing cards because it’s illegal in Latvia to play cards in public – strange but true

Shadam rating: 5/10

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Tea in Warsaw

Tea in Warsaw

Tea in Warsaw

 Location: Centre of Warsaw, posh restaurant (real table cloth, posh indeed!)

Date/Time: 6th May 2009, approx 12:30

Variety of Tea: Earl Grey

Cost: 12 Zlote (about 3 pounds)

Service: The man wore cufflinks, nuff said

Taste: Pretty good, it came in one of those massive cups. Not sure why that’s worth mentioning, but it is

Ambiance: We were outside, it started raining, we were under an umbrella thing. Cue the old “we’re not getting wet” warm glow inside

Shadam rating: 4/10 – Bit pricy for the area but altogether not bad

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Buying train tickets in Warsaw

Train station in Warsaw, trying to buy a ticket to Riga in Latvia (holding a print out of the 4 trains we need to book with times)

Adam: We’d like to book 2 tickets to Riga 

      Silence

Train Lady: No train

      Adam furiously checks that there is a train 

      Sheena tries to stare out the train lady, no joy

Adam: Tomorrow morning? (hands over print out) 

      Silence

Train Lady: No train to Riga 

Train Lady: No train today 

Train Lady: No train tomorrow 

Train Lady: After tomorrow… no train 

        Adam and Sheena exchange puzzled looks

Train Lady: I can… train to Vilnius 

        Adam and Sheena exchange puzzled looks, unsure exactly where that is

Adam: OK, we’ll take them 

       As we’re paying for the tickets…

Sheena: If that’s in Belarus we’ll need a Visa… 

       It turned out that Vilnius isn’t in Belarus, and all was well. Except that Vilnius is in Lithuania where we hadn’t planned to go so that’ll be exciting…

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First tea review

Tea on Berlin train
Tea on Berlin train

Location: Train from Amsterdam to Berlin

Date/Time: 2nd May,approx 3pm

Variety of Tea: English Breakfast (made to order,bag left in)

Cost: €5.40 for 2

Service: German efficiency coupled with Dutch friendliness. Had to walk miles for it tho, no table service here…

Taste: Bog standard, wee bit stewey for Adam

Ambiance: Nice view but nothing special. Lets be honest, it was on a train!

Shadam rating: Solid 3/10

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