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Jun 4, 2004 - Trans-Manchurian: Nearly Duffilled at Lake Baikal

The four hours it took Russian border guards to let our train though, the whole of which time your passport is scrutinized away from the train, mean we are now late. We havenĀ“t had a chance to change money for Roubles yet and the longer train stops are being cut short to try and make up time. The new Russian dining car seems to be a step down, both in menu and decor. At breakfast on the first day there is almost nothing available and we need Faye from the Moscow embassy to decypher the menu which is only in handwritten Cyrilic. Dollars are...

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Mar 15, 2004 - Siberia - Lake Baikal and Irkutsk

We arrived right on time in Irkutsk on Monday morning and were met by our lovely guide Ella who took us to get some roubles and then we were driven to our homestay family in a small village on the edge of Lake Baikal. Despite the fact that we'd only just crossed the border from Mongolia, I felt instantly at home and felt that I was, culturally at least, back in Europe. Being in the family home, it felt like I'd been taken to visit one of my Dad's old aunt's houses up in the north-east of Scotland. It felt very homely but simple. There were...

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Aug 24, 1976 - Irkutsk to Moscow

Travelling on the train for 2 days. Everything gets dirty so quickly, no matter how many times you wash your hands they still seem dirty. I read two books in two days, played some cards, talked a lot, ate and slept. Tuesday was a birthday for Trevor and Shirley (two of the gourp) - we shouted them champagne and Don sketched a couple of birthday cards. At one of the stations we bought a birthday "cake" (a round loaf of raisin bread with icing on top) and we stuck matches and lifesavers on the top. We had a fairly late night that night. Each...

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Aug 23, 1976 - Irkutsk and transfer to the Mongolian train

Breakfast at 9am and then we all walked a couple of blocks to an Art Gallery. A lady showed us around and gave a commentary in Russian, and our guide Vera translated, which I found fascinating. We walked back to the hotel for lunch and then we were taken by bus to Irkutsk Railway Station. We have been unable to get a booking on the Trans-Siberian, so we are now on the Mongolian train. We had to wait over two hours as all east bound trains were delayed. We are sharing our room with an two English girls. It seems like back to normal with all...

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Aug 22, 1976 - Irkutsk and trip to Lake Baikal

Breakfast is at 9.30am and then at 10am we joined our guide again for a bus trip to Lake Baikal. First we stopped at a museum and were told all the facts about the lake - its fish, birds and wild animals. The drive was very pleasant, mainly forest and a couple of villages, though the road wasn't too good. The lake lived up to expectations, blue and clear and it was a glorious day. We had lunch at a tourist hotel and had till about 4.30pm to explore the village. Really beautiful scenery. After the bus trip back everyone was tired. I went to...

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Aug 21, 1976 - Irkutsk

The train arrived at Irkutsk approx. 7.30am and we were taken by bus to the Angara Hotel, which was a very welcome change from the train. Had a shower and washed clothes, then went down to breakfast. We had about 3 hours to spend sorting and writing letter etc before lunch and then we were taken on a sightseeing tour of Irkutsk, with a terrific guide who knew all her facts and figures. This is a lovely city with its trees and parks, the Angara River running through it and its picturesque wooden buildings. After dinner we went for a walk...

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