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spasibo) and head to our hostel only a 10minute walk away.
Thankfully, our directions and map were pretty much spot on and just
up the road, up the hill, across the road and round the back of a
building, buzzer pressed and up three flights of stairs, we made it!
And the young friendly lady spoke some English! And signs and posters
were up in English! And a group of other guests from Norway were
talking English! The hostel was ...
... and the wooden houses were the main attractions with the occasional old school soviet building - see photos and commentary attached. We stopped at the markets again and stocked up on supplies (beware of the old bread that is sold - mine went mouldy within 24hrs). Finally we took a photo of the statue dedicated to tourists, who ogle at the most photographed building in Irkutsk (an ornately decorated hotel which unfortunately was having its facade ...
... and mushroom on arrival is distinctly lacking the ham (and tomato for that matter) and is covered in what must be a whole packet of garlic mushrooms (and we thought we'd sussed it!)
Return to our hostel for a noisy night of dogs barking (I hope if they have rabies they are not round for our morning stroll to the station first thing!!) and our neighbour snoring so loud the walls vibrate. Our last stop in Russia tomorrow (Ulan Ude) before ...
... You seem to feel this so much more in the dark & it's a bit cooler. Got up with Ian in the station but still dark and you couldn't see much until we pulled away, the city looked bigger than others. There didn't appear to be much to see so I lay back on my bunk while more trees & freight trains go by.....all of a sudden Ian nudges me....I had nodded back off for nearly 2 hours. We had come through a tunnel and there was the Lake Baykal with the sun coming ...
... nothing special but the lake draws your attention. It holds 1/5's of the earth’s fresh water in front of us and is 2km deep in some parts. There was also a quaint Orthodox church in the village, as well as lots of wooden houses that were in various states of repair. At the time we entered the church, there was a service going on, and the priest acted like a robot in a trance, conducting the service.
The day again was ended by a banya ...