Still fuming a little from the Kazakh Consulate, I headed to Moskovsky station to buy a ticket to Moscow. The staff at the hostel had been helpful and written down what I wanted in Russian, although I felt this was a little like cheating, but hey, I still handed over the note after standing in the queue for 30 or so minutes.
It was the absolute cheapest, in seating class – not even platzkart, and as such would cost me about 10 pounds for an overnight (10 hours) trip to Moscow. You can go faster on the express trains, but this meant essentially free night’s accommodation and I could nap on the train.
I went back to the hostel for a few hours before the trip, then got some food at the station and hopped aboard as it starte to rain a bit. I was really down the back of the train, in a huge open carriage with rows and rows of seats. Found my spot down the back and settled in.
Throughout the night the train stopped and started, and some people came and went but aside from the two opposite me who made a little noise initially, it was pretty quiet and I actually got woken by them as we pulled into Moscow mid-morning. The seats were actually really comfortable and for the most part, everyone had two seats to themselves. As an extra benefit if you’d tried, some of the seats even had power points.
I hunted around initially to find the metro, then headed underground, memories of 2008 flooding back as I saw the metro map and started recognising stations. I had some rough directions to Chocolate Hostel (good name!), and with a bit of wifi and my notes, it wasn’t too long before I’d found the unassuming, unlabelled building with the hostel inside.
Chocolate Hostel is not huge, and is one of the more expensive hostels in Moscow, but it’s very nice, has breakfast until 12 (smart, they realise travellers often need a sleep in), and has great facilities.
I checked in, sorted my bed, had a shower and the like, and headed out to rediscover Moscow!
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