“What time is it?” is a frequently asked question out here in Siberia. And there’s a very odd reason no one seems to know the correct answer.
The Russian railroads all run on Moscow time. So the clock on the train and even the clocks at the stations tell you the correct time in Russian capital way off in the west instead of the local time here in the east.
The printed schedule and the clock aboard the train may say we’re arriving in a particular city at 17:51 and the clock atop the tower at the train station may confirm that time, but if you walk outside the station it suddenly, miraculously becomes 21:51 local time.
It doesn’t matter that we’ve traveled through four or five time zones to the east, the time in Moscow is the time on the train. This was very confusing to us because the farther east we went, the earlier it seemed to get dark. Jamie finally said, “Why is it getting dark at 4 o’clock?”
Reminds me of the lyrics from the old Chicago song, “Does anybody really know what time it is?”
And the answer out here is probably not.