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Jul 28, 2008 - Irkutsk ... briefly!

Day 15 - Arrival in Irkutsk We arrived in Irkutsk this morning at 7:30. Our train trip was memorable, and our travel companion, Mikhail, spoke NO english! We had fun trying to communicate, and attempted to share some Screech in response to his Beer donation, but he said he did not like Rum :-) Also on board were two guys from the Netherlands, one from Israel, and one from the UK. We enjoyed good conversation, sharing Maple Syrup, and talking about the Netherlands. When we get to Amsterdam we hope the connect with one of the guys, and...

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Jul 7, 2008 - Lake Baikal

We're staying in a guesthouse right near Lake Baikal in Russia. The facts about this lake just boggles the mind: - Lake Baikal is the world's deepest lake - it contains nearly one-fifth of the world's fresh, unfozen water - more than North America's five Great Lakes combined - the water is so clear that you can see as far as 40m down - 80% of its flora and fauna is found nowhere else on the planet - in winter it freezes over so solid that it becomes a road for trucks - the lake is formed by rifting tectonic plates and is actually...

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Jun 19, 2008 - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal (Olkhon Island)

A half-hour walk with all my gear to the bus station to start the day. Bought the ticket to Khuzhir on Olkhon Island, half way up the west coast of Baikal. Also had to buy a luggage ticket separately which was a bit unusual. The trip to the ferry over to the island was uneventful, going through farmland and green fields. Once we arrived on the island the bus started up to get off the ferry, there was a large bang and the bus leaned to one side. Presumably some problem with the suspension which I'm glad didn't happen while we were moving at...

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Chris's 2008 Jaunt

Jun 17, 2008 - Ulaan Baatar - Irkutsk RUSSIA

The taxi I'd arranged the previous night at Dave's Place actually turned up on time and took me to the station without any rip-offs. The train was Russian and we had the 'best' provodnitsa ever. The provodnitsa is the person who looks after the carriage and She Must Be Obeyed. The train stopped opposite me and I jumped on to be told by the provodnitsa (complete with sour face) that she wasn't ready. I ignored that and dumped my stuff in the carriage. The train departed and she disappeared for a while, then reappeared in a dressing gown and...

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Chris's 2008 Jaunt

May 29, 2008 - Lake Baikal, Bolshoye Goloustnoye

We left Irkutsk and loaded into a giant, yellow van with padding on the ceiling and no seat belts. We were headed to a village of about 700 people on the shore of Lake Baikal--the world's deepest lake. We drove for about an hour on a paved road and then for another two on a bumpy, dusty, dirt road--hence the padding on the ceiling, the bus didn't have much suspension. We arrived to a town that is eager to build up it's tourism. We were the second tour group brought to this village, and I don't think many of the villagers have ever met a...

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May 28, 2008 - Irkutsk

We arrived in Irkutsk in the afternoon and everyone raced to the showers. Irkutsk is called "the Paris of Siberia," I would call it another Soviet city. It does have some very charming wooden houses, but most are in serious disrepair. I went to see a Decemberist House--the Decemberists are the aristocratic rebels that protested the Czar and were subsequently banished to Siberia. After I went to the Regional Museum where I had a bit of a ticket issue. The guidebook said that tickets were 100 Rubles each, and the lady wanted to sell me two...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Irkutsk (Russia) - High heeled Leather Boots; Lamposts; Ice and Vodka!

Hi again folks and Welcome to Russia! This place is so cool, I love it alot! Lots of amazing looking girls walking around with knee high, high heeled leather boots and tight mini's or jeans. I have walked into so many lamposts it just aint funny anymore! Been here a few days now but have not had a chance to get on to an internet and when I did yesterday it kept kicking me off, think there was a blocker, which I have now managed to turn off, I think. I have so much to fill you in with that I wont have time now, but I'll try and give you a...

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Mar 29, 2008 - Listvyanka am Baikalsee

Ankunft wie geplant - 7:25 Uhr - nicht geplant war das Schneegestoeber und der Huehnerstall, von und in dem wir empfangen worden. Vielleicht haengt dieses Provisorium mit dem Flugzeugunglueck 2006 zusammen, wo eine Maschine unserer Airline bei der Landung verunglueckt, in mehrere Gebaeude gerutscht ist und ueber 100 Menschen starben. Bei meiner Recherche hatte ich gerade gelesen, dass es sogar die selbe Flugnummer war. Gut, dass ich es erst jetzt gelesen hatte. Wir hatten uns einen lokalen Guide und Fahrer fuer den Tag gebucht. Leonid und...

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Mar 28, 2008 - Flug nach Irkutsk

Flugstart war um 21.45 Uhr von Domodedovo aus mit der Fluggesellschaft S7. Ankunft in Irkutsk ist am Folgetag um 7:25 Uhr geplant. Der Flug war angenehm, allerdings hatten wir einen ziemlichen Schlafmangel zu beklagen. Im Flugzeug selber konnte ich nicht schlafen, vielleicht ne Stunde, mehr ging aber nicht. Nach 5 1/2 Stunden reiner Flugzeit sind wir puenktlich gelandet, aber ich war innerlich total durcheinander - eigentlich muede, aber durch die Helligkeit und Aufregung zu 100% wach. Was wir tagsueber erlebt haben, koennt ihr beim...

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Feb 17, 2008 - Litsvyanka & Lake Baikal

Description Litsvyanka is a collection of Siberian huts/houses along the main road running along a bit of Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal was one of the most amazing natural places I've ever been in my life. It's the largest and deepest fresh water lake in the world, holding 1/5 of the world's non-frozen water. It only freezes 10ft thick in the winter, but its thick enough to drive huge trucks across. There's one reasonably sized hotel, and that's about it. Of Interest... Arrived in a mini-bus with a few other friends from the hostel and we rented...

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Feb 15, 2008 - Irkutsk

Description I had no idea what to expect in Russia, and Irkutsk still surprised me. What struck me first was that EVERYONE wears fur, fur coats, fur hats, fur everything. It looks ridiculous. The second that struck me as I tried to navigate the city tram city to the bus station, was the extreme unfriendliness/hostility I felt from everyone. Nobody would help me, nobody would look at my map, they just turned away when I tried to talk to them. And then, suddenly, the woman standing next to me shouts "Get off! Get off here!". Sure enough, it...

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Jan 23, 2008 - Lake Baikal (Listvyanka)

Soo today we went to Lake Baikal, which is the biggest lake in the world and also happens to have a perfectly scenic surrounding of snow capped mountains. At this time of year, with Siberia's mild weather, the lake was almost completely frozen. We visited a small town on the shores of Lake Baikal, Lystvyanka and walked around there as well as on Lake Baikal. The lake being so big we noticed that it also had tides, so when the tides was going out, the ice would start shifting outwards and leaving spaces where water was just coming up and...

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