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May 16, 2007 - Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Lake Baikal

Our first two nights are spent at the lakeside town of Listvyanka at Lake Baikal, famous for being the deepest lake in the world. Our first day we look around a reconstructed old-style wooden village, and then the afternoon is ours, so I opt to have a walk around the town. The group spent our first evening having a meal at our hotel, and the meal's main attraction being omul fish, which is very similar to trout. We find ourselves with a surplus of vodka, so Jenny, Me, Kuba and Lori talk and laugh our way into the small hours. Day 2 is...

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Jun 24, 2006 - Tran Siberian Railway: Cabbage express

You only need two things for a great time on the two day journey on the trans-Siberian railway from Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) to Irkust (Russia) or so Helen and Danny had been told: 1. Vodka 2. A private cabin for the two of you to retire to when it gets out of hand and you need privacy It was therefore a massive blow to find out that not only did the train times coincide with the England vs. Ecuador game in the last 16 of the world cup, but that the booking had been cocked up Helen and Danny were sharing our cabin with a Japanese teacher of...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Irkutsk & Lake Baikal

We disembarked from our 4 day adventure and headed stright to our hotel (sorry hostel - and believe me it is more than just an 's' that distinguihes between the two)for a shower. Our room was beautiful,a wooden chalet high up in the hills overlooking Lake Baikal. I didn't even mind the spider infestation that we had to endure - I was too tired to care. That afternoon we went for a walk high up into the hills for about an hour and got am amazing viewpoint covered with trees that were filled with prayer and wish ribbons. Lots of people here...

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Jun 12, 2005 - Irkutsk, RUSSIA

Caught the overnight train to Irkutsk- no food carriage so needed to take food with us. Stopped enroute at the Mongolian border town of Subahataar where we stayed parked for 5 hours - luckily some of that time we were asleep, until we woke and found ourselves parked on a siding with no engine. Once we cleared customs and immigration and reconnected to an engine we moved across the border 2-3 kilometers into Russian Siberia where we stayed another 7 hours clearing customs and immigration, and waiting for another engine....12 hours to get...

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Mar 29, 2005 - Sludyanka

I arrived at dusk on the elektrichka, the slow-chugging local service that stops at every little halt along the route from Baikalsk, offering some truly splendid views of the lake. The light was perfect, reflecting beautifully from razor-edged cracks in the Baikal ice. But for all the scenic perfection I couldn't stop smarting with anger at myself over my lost camera. I managed to check in trying my best not to burden the friendly receptionist with my bad humour. With some difficulty I also managed not to stare too overtly at her utterly...

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