Really? Okay, I admit I can imagine it, but it's not the case for me. When I travelled on the Trans-Siberian railway I broke the trip up with a few stops along the way so the longest stint I travelled non-stop was, if I remember correctly, three days and two nights. What I'd absolutely love to do sometime in the future is go back and do the entire week-long journey in one go.
|8,240 kilometres (and about seven days) left until Moscow|
But just what do you do when you're "trapped" in a train for seven days?
First of all, a serious amount of "nothing". How often do you get the chance to do nothing? If you're like me, practically never. The luxury of not having the opportunity to do much means that you can finally have some guilt-free "nothing" time. "Nothing" for me involves a lot of staring out of the window - actually taking notice of what's going by, seeing the landscape change dramatically as you cross Russia, and being thrilled to see a man standing on the doorstep of his small wooden shack. "Nothing" is also the chance to reflect on things that you don't normally have the chance to spend thinking time on - in my case, this is usually stuff like what I'd like to do with the rest of my life, what goals and dreams I have and how I can achieve them. Travelling in generally always seems to inspire me down these paths but some pure empty time Trans-Siberian style is even better than normal.
|My Trans-Siberian home - a cabin on the Rosiya train|
I guess that this kind of trip wouldn't suit everyone. I can understand that some might think they have planes that fly between Moscow and Vladivostok for a reason. But if you have ever wanted to perfect the art of doing nothing, then I think a week on the Trans-Siberian would be an excellent place to do it.