American House (Amerikansky Dom)
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Last stop in Russia is Irkutsk, and after some pretty uninspiring 'industrial cities' (or shi-toles) this one is a massive change. The buildings are beautiful, there is a fair amount to see on a tour of the city, and most places even have plaques with English descriptions alongside the Russian. There's also a very nice place, called the 130 district, with 15-20 restaurants and pubs, some ice-cream stalls and a few souvenir places - nice place to hang out on a sunny day. ...
... and rolling has
been minimal. No sign of the gulag lifestyle here.
At each end of the car there are
exciting things to do. Our 2 female provodnitsas (attendants) have
their little quarters at one end which they share with a ferocious,
boiling samovar armed with sundry gauges, pipes and spigots. Did they
have one of these on Sputnik I wonder? This is kept full of water at
the ready for tea and the like...Russians seldom chose 'the like' ...
... where I come from we generally get together with someone else who has a clue as to what we are talking about and we gabble on for hours until there is nothing left to talk about and then we start all over again, until the following Sunday”!
While I am saying this (i.e. not letting him get a word in) he is staring at me open mouthed and his wife is nodding her head and laughing. I think he finally got the message; that we spoke different ...
... railway station in the world to be built entirely of marble.
We debated getting off in a couple of spots for a day or two but in addition to disqualifying our attempt at completing the world's longest train journey without interruption, there didn't seem to be a lot to hold our interest (in a country the size of Russia??). The highlight stop was supposed to be Irkutsk where, nearby, you'd be able to see the worlds oldest and deepest lake, Lake Baikal, but I'm not ...
... was feeling quite ill and heavy headed. Just as I was getting to bed though, a lady came in with a baby and a stroller. Sverre, the gentleman, helped her find a place for the awkward sized stroller and the woman then managed to form a little canopy so that the baby and her could sleep in peace. That night was also very hot and we had the window open but I had to close it since lots of mosquitoes were coming in. It was also very humid so yet another sleepless ...