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My name is Svetlana, I am 44 years old, born in Irkutsk, Russia. I have worked as a waitress on the trans-Siberian for three years. I decided to work on the trans-Siberian because I wanted to travel and see more of my country. I waited for my children to grow up and become independent to take this decision.

My name is Galina, I am 37 years old and have worked as a waitress since May 2016. I am originally from Chita but now I am live in Irkutsk. My dream is to become a wagon manager. I have to start from the bottom but I hope to be able to climb the ladder as soon as possible.

Svetlana tells me that she was thinking about last New Year's Eve when a circus and singers came on board and converted the wagon and then whole train in an extraordinary rolling stage.
My name is Svetlana, I am 44 years old, born in Irkutsk, Russia. I have worked as a waitress on the trans-Siberian for three years. I decided to work on the trans-Siberian because I wanted to travel and see more of my country. I waited for my children to grow up and become independent to take this decision.

My name is Galina, I am 37 years old and have worked as a waitress since May 2016. I am originally from Chita but now I am live in Irkutsk. My dream is to become a wagon manager. I have to start from the bottom but I hope to be able to climb the ladder as soon as possible.

Svetlana tells me that she was thinking about last New Year's Eve when a circus and singers came on board and converted the wagon and then whole train in an extraordinary rolling stage.
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Sergei, 39 years old. I was born in Vladivostok but now I live in a village on the bank of the Baikal Lake. I've been working at the wagon restaurant since 2012, I take care of the coal supply. Before that, I was already working for the railway... I am probably close to have spent more time in the train than outside of it in my entire life. This train has a life on its own, if you listen to the sound it makes, this "tadam, tadam, tadam"... It's like heartbeats!
Sergei, 39 years old. I was born in Vladivostok but now I live in a village on the bank of the Baikal Lake. I've been working at the wagon restaurant since 2012, I take care of the coal supply. Before that, I was already working for the railway... I am probably close to have spent more time in the train than outside of it in my entire life. This train has a life on its own, if you listen to the sound it makes, this "tadam, tadam, tadam"... It's like heartbeats!
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Anzor, 25 years old, from Kazakhstan.

"When someone travels, he or she thinks more about his spirit, beliefs, and true values. You don't care about any material things or other routine.
The Transsiberian gave me this thinking, gave me more understanding of who I am, whom I belong, how much I appreciate and love my family."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Irkutsk to Ulan Ude, Siberia, Russia.]
Anzor, 25 years old, from Kazakhstan.

"When someone travels, he or she thinks more about his spirit, beliefs, and true values. You don't care about any material things or other routine.
The Transsiberian gave me this thinking, gave me more understanding of who I am, whom I belong, how much I appreciate and love my family."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Irkutsk to Ulan Ude, Siberia, Russia.]
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Minea Kim, 26, From Phnom Penh, Cambodia. "When they first told me that the first stretch on the Trans-Siberian train from Vladivostok to Chita would take 51 hours, I first thought, this is so long, too long... But, the 51 hours actually passed very quickly. That train and its history, people and their stories, Siberia and its scenery... All that put together make the experience on the trans-Siberian journey so hypnotizing, captivating, tricking my perception of time."
Minea Kim, 26, From Phnom Penh, Cambodia. "When they first told me that the first stretch on the Trans-Siberian train from Vladivostok to Chita would take 51 hours, I first thought, this is so long, too long... But, the 51 hours actually passed very quickly. That train and its history, people and their stories, Siberia and its scenery... All that put together make the experience on the trans-Siberian journey so hypnotizing, captivating, tricking my perception of time."
Evija Belanina, 26 years old. From Riga, Latvia.

"While travelling by Trans-Siberian, you lose sense of time. Cabin becomes your home; train schedule defines your agenda; scenery outside the window influences your mood; stories of the fellow travelers shape your memories. And you come to realize that journey has become more important, than the destination itself."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separates the two cities.]
Evija Belanina, 26 years old. From Riga, Latvia.

"While travelling by Trans-Siberian, you lose sense of time. Cabin becomes your home; train schedule defines your agenda; scenery outside the window influences your mood; stories of the fellow travelers shape your memories. And you come to realize that journey has become more important, than the destination itself."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separates the two cities.]
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Bundid Mienmany, From Vientiane, Laos.

'This is my longest trip ever, spending days and nights in the train to cover thousands and thousands of kilometers... I only knew about the transsiberian from what I had read and seen on TV, the real thing was impossible to imagine even in my wildest dreams. I feel like I am learning a lot from sharing this limited space with people coming from all over the world and the locals, anchored in their everyday life."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separate the two cities.]
Bundid Mienmany, From Vientiane, Laos.

'This is my longest trip ever, spending days and nights in the train to cover thousands and thousands of kilometers... I only knew about the transsiberian from what I had read and seen on TV, the real thing was impossible to imagine even in my wildest dreams. I feel like I am learning a lot from sharing this limited space with people coming from all over the world and the locals, anchored in their everyday life."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separate the two cities.]
Tanya Chong, 27 years old, from London, United Kingdom.

"I want to create new memories with everyone just as much as I want to see the different faces of the world pass by - hopefully I strike a good balance between both!"

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separates the two cities.]
Tanya Chong, 27 years old, from London, United Kingdom.

"I want to create new memories with everyone just as much as I want to see the different faces of the world pass by - hopefully I strike a good balance between both!"

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separates the two cities.]
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Su Myat Naing Aung, from Yangon, Myanmar.

"When I see the extensive amount of land, massive mountains and the huge lake Baikal where its boundless surface area of water is touching the horizon along the journey, I suddenly feel like my problems are so small compared to those enormous things of the earth. That's the moment I feel so peaceful because I'm not resenting the past, not worrying about the future and just enjoying the present."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separates the two cities.]
Su Myat Naing Aung, from Yangon, Myanmar.

"When I see the extensive amount of land, massive mountains and the huge lake Baikal where its boundless surface area of water is touching the horizon along the journey, I suddenly feel like my problems are so small compared to those enormous things of the earth. That's the moment I feel so peaceful because I'm not resenting the past, not worrying about the future and just enjoying the present."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separates the two cities.]
"When I was a kid, I used to travel with my grandparents to different towns in my region by train. As most of the stations were smaller than the one in our home town, I thought our home town is the centre of the world with the biggest station of all (and that the world is a flat board with size of a few dozen of kilometers in diameter). As I grew up, I realized I was quite off the mark with this idea, but favoring the use of trains as the primary means for travelling around the world remained. I decided I would never stop exploring and discovering all the biggest stations, longest railways and the most far-away ends of railway networks. The funny thing is that I am a now a PhD student of Railway Engineering at the University of Pardubice."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separate the two cities.]
"When I was a kid, I used to travel with my grandparents to different towns in my region by train. As most of the stations were smaller than the one in our home town, I thought our home town is the centre of the world with the biggest station of all (and that the world is a flat board with size of a few dozen of kilometers in diameter). As I grew up, I realized I was quite off the mark with this idea, but favoring the use of trains as the primary means for travelling around the world remained. I decided I would never stop exploring and discovering all the biggest stations, longest railways and the most far-away ends of railway networks. The funny thing is that I am a now a PhD student of Railway Engineering at the University of Pardubice."

[Portrait was taken on a 20 hours train journey going from Chita to Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. 1103 kilometers separate the two cities.]
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From my travel diary, Damien.
From my travel diary, Damien.
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Aloysius Ang Weiqiang, 26 years old from Singapore. 

"All I can think of is the vast vast land we travel through. And how strangely soothing the sound and the motion of the train is."

[Portrait was taken on a 52 hours train journey going from Vladivostok to Chita, Russia. 2874 kilometers separates the two cities.]
Aloysius Ang Weiqiang, 26 years old from Singapore.

"All I can think of is the vast vast land we travel through. And how strangely soothing the sound and the motion of the train is."

[Portrait was taken on a 52 hours train journey going from Vladivostok to Chita, Russia. 2874 kilometers separates the two cities.]