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Oct 28, 2013 - Days 71 to 72 - Train from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk (Russia)

Late on Saturday 26th October, I found myself boarding the 22.17 train from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk; it is just a mere 57 hours and 3,370 kms to get to Irkutsk. I had booked a kupé with meals and, after the shenanigans on the previous train over ordering my food, it would be interesting to see what happens. Waiting in the kupé I was presently joined by a Russian lady who, as with my previous companions, could not speak a word of English; this should be interesting! As it was, Margosha (for that was her name) turned out to be a bit of a...

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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

Sep 13, 2013 - Train Day 4 - Mariinsk to Angarsk

Mariinsk, Achinsk, Krasnoyarsk, Ilanskaya, Nizhneudinsk, Zima, Angarsk Strange, we don't seem to have may pictures from Day 4 on the train. It was a pretty grey day, no spectacular sun rises or sunsets, the scenery unchanging. So I think we had a reading/relaxing day....which is what train travel is all about really.....

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Trans Siberia 2013

Jun 22, 2013 - Irkutsk

I promised to give a Banya report.....Dick and I had a private Banya session last evening. Basically it is a wet sauna, I.e. pouring water on the hot coals to create steam. One wears a hat made of a boiled wool so as not to lose heat through your head. Since we were all by ourselves it was nice. You shower up first, wrap yourself in a sheet and sit as long as tolerated in the steam room. Then comes the courageous part. You leave the steam room and believe me you are ready to and then head for the cold water. In our case it was a small pool...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Listvyanka

We are getting ready to leave Listvyanka and head back to the city of Irkutsk. Our experience in Listvyanka was interesting. Our hotel consisted of several buildings, lots of stairs up and down from place to place and no elevators. Our first room was less than clean, broken door locks, a sink faucet unattached to the sink, a toilet that wouldn't stop running and a bathroom light that was 10 watts at best....and one of the twin beds was Broken in the middle.....the staff could not understand why the room was unacceptable. With enough...

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Jun 20, 2013 - Train to Irkusk to Listvyanka

On the train for one night almost two full days. Train arrived late in Irkusk and then we experienced a flat tire on the way to Listvyanka. Finally arrived tired but it sure is cooler here by the lake than it was on the train. The train experience this time was very fun. We had a compartment for four for just the two of us. Because our Providnitza (car stewardess) could not speak a lick of English she enlisted the help of a twenty year old student working as a train conductor to interpret for us. He was so excited to meet Americans and...

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Jun 12, 2013 - Russia

Well, we finally got here but not without a few anxious moments, all my fault of course. We had a leisurely breakfast, went back to the room to pack (again) and caught up on a bit of paperwork. Around noon we checked out and took a taxi to the train station. So unlike the train stations in China. No crowds, no queues, no security, no ticket check, no nothing. Train 005 to Moscow was the only train leaving that afternoon and the only people waiting seemed to be western tourists. Anyway, the train turned up at 1.00 pm and we boarded shortly...

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May 15, 2013 - Reflections on Russia.

I've been in Russia 19 days so that makes me expert, right? Not really, but as I'm about to leave for Mongolia I thought I'd share with you some of my impressions . Mind you this country is so huge that Ive only seen a little bit of it. Although Ive travelled over 5000km from Moscow I could go on another 3,500km to Vladivostok and even then I'd only have seen a fraction. It really is massive. The place to start is with the friendliness of the people. Wherever Ive been people have been friendly and helpful. When I was struggling with the...

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To Moscow and beyond

May 12, 2013 - Half way down the line

Comrades I've now crossed 5 time zones since I left Moscow almost 10 days ago, travelled over 5000km and have reached over half way to Beijing. I'm officially in Siberia and don't I know it! A cold Siberian wind is blowing and its sleeting. On route I have visited Perm, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk. Perm is an industrial city which grew rapidly in the Second World War ( referred to as the Great Patriotic War in Russia after they transferred factories East as the Germans invaded). It was a restricted city in the Soviet era which...

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To Moscow and beyond

Aug 8, 2011 - Irkutsk

Walking around Irkutsk felt a little like I was Alice in Wonderland visiting the Mad Hatter's tea party. The houses and apartment blocks all had large oversized windows complete with garish shutters in a variety of bright and mismatched colours. There doesn't seem to be much emphasis placed on good workmanship or even ensuring that lines are parallel! Irkutsk is one of the most popular stops on the Trans Siberian railway so I found it pretty unusual that I didn't see any other backpackers as I walked around. I guess most people get sucked...

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Aug 7, 2011 - Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, the 'Pearl of Siberia' or the 'Blue Eye of Siberia' is a crystal clear body of fresh water and has the singular distinction of being the worlds deepest lake: 1637m at the western shore. It holds 20% of the worlds fresh water meaning that if the worlds drinking water ran out tomorrow Lake Baikal could supply the entire population of the planet for the next 40 years! The lake is 636km long and 60km wide, making it one of the biggest lakes in the world too. The water is icy, never more than 15C, and legend has it that a dip in the...

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Jul 6, 2011 - Irkutsk

Today we took a boat around the islands, it was sunny but cold, and very picturesque. We potted around the town of Irkutsk and Listyanka, with flea markets massively overpriced and tackey, some good food markets and a laze on the pebble beach. there were some keen sunbakers, and even keener swimmers bearing the mild 5 degree water! MAD! We had the opportunity to take the chairlift up the steep mountain (hill!) for some great views and also met the founder of the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian express for a tour of how the 'other half' live. It...

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