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The biggest thrill to be found on a three day train trip is getting off the train. Because it does stop, every now and again, for a few minutes. Here you see my mother and uncle, about to buy some smoked fish.

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A tired-looking fish vending woman. I'd get tired of that really fast, too.

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Oh yeah, and at every stop, a guy would come out and bonk the wheels with this little mallet. A nice little ritual at every stop.

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So we did have one big fat stop: the border. Five hours on the Russian side, three on the Chinese side. On the Russian side, this cow sort of just wandered into the station and started eating the grass.

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