You joined the optional pre-tour to Beijing. What was your initial impression upon arriving?
Megan: I couldn’t believe Beijing was a city of 23 million people. A dynamic city and a melting pot of contrasts, it felt so clean, quiet, organized, and modern. The people were very outgoing and friendly. Our group experienced so many ‘acts of kindness.’ And I was amazed to be having Peking Duck in Beijing and they showed us how Chinese eat this tasty dish. I also couldn’t believe I was on The Great Wall of China!
What do you think travelers will like the most?
Megan: The history, the music, the unique Russian surprises along the way. From being in a Mongolian yurt to the Kremlin in Moscow I had to pinch myself thinking I was dreaming many times. It's the sheer joy of travel to discover, learn, and absorb the beauty that surrounds you—be that beauty in nature, architecture, or in the eyes of a fellow human being sharing our planet.
What local person made the biggest impact on you?
Megan: Our room attendants on the Trans-Siberian, Sergey and Nadia. They were a married couple with four kids and didn’t speak much English at all—but a smile and a friendly wave doesn’t need to be translated.
What surprised you the most about this program?
Megan: The train cabins sure were cozy and being on the train an authentic Russian experience itself. This is the world's longest railway line, and it is a true legend. Vast panoramas, friendly staff, and fresh ingredients for culinary treats create an opportunity to savor traveling in this program.