Right I mean it this time I am NEVER setting foot on another train as long as I do so live, I have had my fill of them for the week. The journey to
One of the hi-lights of the trip was when the Bab who was sat below me on the train decided to start talking to me, two of the best conversations are as follows:
First introductory conversation
Bab: So where are you going? Where are you from?
Me: I am off to
My head: Oh brilliant another mental old woman, I’ve come on holiday to escape them not be harassed by one.
Me: No I am from
Bab: So you’re American
Me: (giving up hope somewhat) No, I am not American, I am English I come from
Bab: (pointing as Simon) Ah, is he your husband?
Me: (giving up and thinking that it’s really just not worth trying to explain) Yes, he’s my husband.
NB In Russian there isn’t a real word for boyfriend and in Russian culture there isn’t really a step between being friends with a guy and being married to them. Lots of people also marry very young so it is not uncommon for someone my age to be married with a child.
A little later into the trip when I decide that I have had enough of coughing and having a runny nose so decide to mix up an aspirin.
Bab: You’re ill?
Me: yes, I have a runny nose and a cold, I think it’s because I caught cold in the rain storm in
Bab: You need Antibiotics and a Doctor, not aspirin that will make you very ill.
My head: Where on earth am I going to get antibiotics from and how on earth can I visit a Doctor I am on a train!
Me: (deciding to be diplomatic) Yes, I will go to the Doctor when I get back to
Bab: good, (then starts telling me that aspirin is very bad for me and that I will get very ill, it will be bad for child birth etc) you know what you need? Tea, lots of hot tea!
Me: Yes I will have some tea later
My head: Great I am stuck on a train with another bab I have to appease, I am going back to my bunk to read I want some peace and not be told that the solution to a cold is to drink tea, rub garlic on my forehead, sprinkle flour in my shoes or any other ridiculous Bab methods of healing a cold rather than take Lemsip or any other cold medicine then lie in bed all day watching TV.