Denmark and Marriage on Bikes
Americans are fat, eat hamburgers, and don’t know geography, said our Russian guide, Lada, summing up an unflattering stereotype. Parroting the official propaganda, she also mentioned the American invasion of Ukraine. My husband, Geoff, and I had climbed aboard the Tsar’s Gold train in Beijing. For 12 days we would be rolling along on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, or TSR, the world’s longest, headed towards Moscow. The journey was the first leg of a three-month, around-the-world trip to celebrate our early retirement. But as our train pulled out of Beijing, my excitement was mostly drowned out by thoughts of how our marriage would survive nearly two weeks in a cabin the size of our closet.