Most of the regrets that I have seem to center around things that I feel wronged by—that I should have stood up for myself against rather than meekly sat and taken whatever was doled out to me. There are other regrets, too—such as singing scary songs to my little sister when I was a child, taking my sisters to a wildly inappropriate film once, and sending my own daughter to preschool against my own bad feelings as a parent. But most of them are of the first kind.
Being on this railroad also means rubbing elbows with many Russian natives who happen to be using the train for more practical purposes. There is no better way to know the real face of a country’s people than interacting with them on a daily basis in an environment where there is little to do but interact. This journey is one that can be both social and introspective at the same time and give you some unique insights.