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Description:

Devon talks about his train trip across Russia. 

Country: Devon and Todd from the U.S.

Time: 2:22

 

Level: Intermediate

Normal speed

A bit slower 


Audio Script

TODD

TODDOk, uh, Devon, I hear that you took the train across Russia.

 

                 

DEVON:

Yes, I started in Moscow, travelled through Russia, Mongolia, and ended up in China.

DEVON
TODD TODD: Wow! That's a long way!

 

 
 
DEVON:  Yes, it was. It took three weeks. I did it as part of a tour with ten other people. 
DEVON
TODD

TODD:

Man, that's a cool trip. That must’ve cost a lot of money.

 
 

                                                                DEVON: 

It did cost a lot of money but not a lot of people can say they have done that, and so, umm, I looked in, I researched the trip several months before I actually took it. A friend and I did it together and there was one other American and the rest of the people were from Switzerland.

DEVON
TODD TODD: OK, Cool! Uh, what was the landscape like?  
  DEVON: A lot of it was flat and for miles around you could see absolutely nothing, and as you got into Siberia there was scattered trees, and when we got into Mongolia you could see some Camels every once in a while, but besides that there was a whole lot of nothing. DEVON
TODD TODD:

Wow. Just wild camels!

 
  DEVON: Wild Camels around the drinking hole. Yeah, saw that more than once. DEVON
TODD TODD:

So how did you eat on this train?

 
  DEVON:

We stopped several times along the way and upon every platform you could buy food that local people were selling. A lot of it consisted of dried fish and other types of Russian delicacies and a lot of noodles that you heated up with hot water. Every train had hot water on it on every carriage so you were always able to make noodles if you were desperate.

DEVON
TODD TODD: So was this a luxurious train or was it a pretty basic...?  
  DEVON:  It was pretty much the most basic you could get. There were no animals on board but sometimes they were coal-heated so it was very basic. DEVON
TODD TODD: Wow! Would you do it again?  
  DEVON:  Great question! Would I do it again? Yes, I would do it again but I would wait several years to do it. One because it does cost a lot of money and two because there are many other things to, to do, to see. DEVON
TODD TODD:

OK. Thanks a lot Devon.

 
  DEVON:

                                                You’re very welcome.