Mark Elliott in Siberia, Russia travel blog

Mark Elliott in Siberia, Russia

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Last time Mark Elliott crossed Siberia back in 2002 he had a few little adventures. His chartered fishing boat ran aground in Baikalskoe, he survived potentially fatal tick-attacks on a Gulag trek and drank a vodka breakfast with Rasputin's alter-ego. Despite being strangled by a drunk 'friend' and being held at knife point in western Tuva, he was happy to return in 2005 for a second tour of the region which, overall, he considers safer than staying at home. This time Mark was updating the Siberia sections of two forthcoming Lonely Planet guides, Russia & Belarus and Trans-Siberian Railway. This trip had the added spice of starting in March and including a drive across the world's deepest lake. Fortunately the ice held!

PS Apologies for photo-quality in the later snaps (after March 16th) - After losing my digital camera near Baikalsk I took only slides. The slides themselves are OK but with no scanner to properly digitise them, I have resorted to very low-tech 'rephotographing'. Better than nothing, hopefully!

Other LP Russia author blogs:
Simon Richmond looping the TransMongolian and TransManchurian railways
and let loose upon an unsuspecting St Petersburg
Robert Reid moustache hunting in the Russian Far East
Regis StLouis pottering round Western European Russia

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