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Sep 14, 2013 - Train Day 5 - Irkutsk and Lake Baikal to Suhbataar - Mongolia

Irtusk, Lake Baikal, Slyudyanka 1, Ulan Ude, Zagustay, Gusinoye, Dhzida, Naushki, Dozorny, Suhbaatar An epic day, starting with a glorious sunrise over Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia, then ending with a beautiful sunset - even if it was in the station goods yard, awaiting Mongolian customs. This was the day we crossed from Russia- Dozorny - into Mongolia - Suhbaatar. You can see from the last few pictures that the restaurant car was changed from the previous (very boring) Russian restaurant car to a much more decorative Mongolian...

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Trans Siberia 2013

Aug 11, 2009 - Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Olkhon island

Finally got around to planning some of the China part of the commute to New Zealand during our 56 hour train journey from Perm to Irkutsk. Arrival saw a well needed shower. And what a shower the hostel had; with a radio to sing along to and multiple jets. Irkutsk is by Lake Bikal, which is the largest lake in the world. We headed over there with some of our fellow hostellers packed into a mini bus in such a way that we all knew each other intimately by the end of the journey. We had fun and tumbles mountain biking and some tasty barbequed...

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Kiwi Commute

Sep 8, 2006 - Poems

A few poems: Three days from Ulaan Baatar on the Trans Mongolian Express a wind like a santa ana red seats and a window view three days from Ulaan Baatar ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On the train in Mongolia wind blows in the windows from the field and filters through slender birch trees a garden plot here and there essentials for winter and hope for spring ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the train carriage shakes across the Mongolian plain wind blows into the windows and curtains, thin and white, flutter and...

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Jul 21, 2005 - Irkutsk!

The 19th was the last day on the train (at least for a little while). And finally my roomate spoke! He wanted to make sure that I was watching for Lake Bikal. So I showed him my Tran-Siberian Rail Book, and I showed him where we were on the map and how far to Lake Bikal. Then we hung out at the window in the hall (a very popular place) and the woman from the next room tried to ask me where I was going. I tried to tell her but luckily my bunkmate jumped in and spoke to her. I think he could understand a little more English than he let on. I...

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May 26, 2005 - Greetings from Siberia!

Hello folks! Since you last heard from me in Moscow I've made it all the way to Irkutsk in deepest, darkest Siberia. And by god you've missed a lot. I've hot-footed it across the Trans-Siberian railway stopping off along the way. A quick run-down of places includes..... 9 hours from Moscow... Nizny Novrogrod - 3rd largest city in Russia, but has a really nice vibe about the place - great views over the River Volga (largest river in Europe folks, if you include Russia obviously) and the flat lands beyond stretching as far as the eye can see....

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