Tuesday was another great day. We started at the market of Baikonur. They sell there almost everything (fruit, flowers, bikes, clothes, army equipment, Kazakhstan souvenirs).
Another space monument near the train station:
There are 2 trains to the Cosmodrome in the morning and two in the evening. This is the point of departure of one of them:
At noon we were picked up by bus to go to the Cosmodrome. We would see the blessing of the rocket by an Orthodox priest.
The one hour trip to the Cosmodrome has enough sights to enjoy. This is the VAB where all Soyuz rockets are assembled and at the back (and to the right) you see the Energia building where the Buran was build. The roof collapsed during maintenance of the roof in 2002 (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_programme) and one Buran is buried there.
You also see some other (old) launch pads
There was some press and we were very close to the rocket. After some minutes a car and a bus arrived. In the car was an Orthodox priest Father Sergei. We would meet him several times that 2 days. In the bus were some officials from Roscosmos. One of them was cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov of Expedition 35/36 (second man on the right).
At 5 pm was the press conference. It was really crowded but we had some good seats. Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy was at the press conference and in our hotel the next day. He was a member of Expedition 33/34. The press conference lasted only 45 minutes so there was no time to answer one of our questions. When asked what the crew’s opinion was about the increased tension between Russia and the rest (because of Ukraine) they stated they were friends and hugged each other. Samantha said later that the crew really were friends (and that was not the case with most crews).