I’ve taken a lot of trains in my day, and can honestly say that the sleeper from Simferopol to Kiev was one of the least pleasant ever.
It wasn’t the lack of private berths or the smelly folks walking back and forth – that’s pretty common in 3rd class sleepers anywhere.
It was the fact that it was about 50,000 degrees, and the windows wouldn’t open more than an inch.
Although the weather was incredibly pleasant outside, the train honestly felt like being locked inside a boiler.
A big, metal, rolling boiler. I was constantly stuck to the sheets with sweat.
Having the last set of bunks by the toilet didn’t help a lot either.
Mental note: next time, make sure to get tickets towards the middle of the car. And top bunks, so you can put your feet by the tiny window opening.
But hey, at least it got us to Kiev in one piece 😉
Note: These posts are behind realtime; the above took place on August 23rd, 2011.