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A warm day in Siberia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

A warm day in Siberia

A travel blog entry by jeroenandlinda

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... of this, as Lena was picking us up for a tour of Irkutsk, so we head down to reception where she was already waiting for us. Irkutsk does not have much to show for, there were three sights that Lena found that we had to see. The old churches, three of ...

Mocka and off to The Distant Land of Valuble Furs, Irkutsk, Russian Federation travel blog

Mocka and off to The Distant Land of Valuble Furs

A travel blog entry by emmaandemma

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... we sat in and watched a DVD with the honcho in the nice warm and made friends with a cat called Red (except in russian). The next day the whole group seperately but unanimously decided we didnt fancy an hours walk to a museum about the lake so we ...

Now we know cold!, Irkutsk / Bolshoi Golostnoe, Russian Federation travel blog

Now we know cold!

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... arrival in Irkutsk were transferred to a small village on the side of Lake Baikal called Bolshoe Golostnoe (about 110 km from Irkutsk). The train trip was actually quite enjoyable - we had our own carriage (2 berth) and bought enough supplies to feed ...

Trans-Sib Part One, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Trans-Sib Part One

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... . Eventually, after a total of twelve hours, we were allowed back on the train and made our way into the Russian countryside. The weather immediately became much colder and the grasslands gave way to forests and mountains. We had entered Siberia. ...

Train Happy in Siberia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Train Happy in Siberia

A travel blog entry by meandher

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... We gave our attendants nicknames Svetlana and Ludmilla the former being a slim well presented young woman and the latter a stout stereotypical russian tractor driver in every respect,apart from the vivid makeup she wore. It looked as if someone had loaded ...

Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Lake Baikal

A travel blog entry by susan_g

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... the hostel type culture hasn't really hit main stream here yet. In Listvyanka I stayed with a family, a young Russian couple (early 20's) from Irkutsk were also staying with the family for the weekend. The couple were really lovely and inbetween ...

Russia-Mongolia by the TransSiberian, The TransSiberian, Russia travel blog

Russia-Mongolia by the TransSiberian

A travel blog entry by marc-patty

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... for a day to see the official border at the Ural mountains. After this, we got back on the train for a further 3 nights to Irkutsk. For some reason our cabin was designated the party cabin, and we had many crazy vodka parties on the train. In order to ...

the Paris of Siberia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

the Paris of Siberia

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... ' in the 1930s, such as the huge and probably beautiful cathedral which once stood adjacent to the pretty central park. However Irkutsk now has major social problems that lurk behind the attractive exterior. Still, it was relatively safe in the lead up to ...

Day 9, Angarsk, Russia travel blog

Day 9

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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... the ages 20-30. There is a good section of older western tourists too around retirement age, and the rest of the passengers are Russian and Chinese people going about their business. Nobody gets on or off at the stations we pass, though lots will depart ...

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Listyvanka, Russia travel blog

Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

A travel blog entry by irax

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... So there was nothing left to do but to visit the pizza place, Mmmm pretty good, if any of you find yourself in Irkutsk some Saturday afternoon then I'd recommend the Pizza place just down the street from the big Indoors market. We'd planned to visit ...

Slow train to Siberia, Irkutsk, Russian Federation travel blog

Slow train to Siberia

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... are also considered to have zero sense of humour and I read somewhere that during a psychological assessment conducted on a group of Russian boarder guards after a shootout, it was found that 70% of the guards were not stable enough to do the jobs and ...

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 4, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Trans Mongolian Express: Day 4

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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... on the safe side though we'd best set the alarms for 5 AM.... make it four. Either way, we were just glad to be through Russian border control. As the day wore on, the JWs asked us if we'd teach them the rules for shithead. They had seen us playing ...

Surprising Irkutsk, Irkutsk, Russian Federation travel blog

Surprising Irkutsk

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... tomorrow night it will be a moving bed.   During our home stays and also during the two days in Irkutsk we sampled a few local Russian dishes and generally enjoyed the food. We especially liked the Russian beetroot soup, borsch and the local fish ...

Lake Baikal - oh and the fur attacks, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Lake Baikal - oh and the fur attacks

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... got on. The market was fierce however we again get a reminder of how volatile these things can be as a fight breaks out between a Russian woman and a Mongolian woman over a fur coat, and boy is it some fight. We expected the Mongolian Police man from next ...

The Vodka Train, Ekaterinburg to Urkustk, Russia travel blog

The Vodka Train

A travel blog entry by hils

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... 50 hours passed very quickly, playing cards most of the time, with Lei and Gerry from Australia. Lana and Maria were 2 Russian girls returning to Irkustk after a year studying in America. They taught us a great Russian card game called fool. Guiseppe ...

First taste of Russia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

First taste of Russia

A travel blog entry by mightylongway

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... like rolls with fillings, book diving and accommodation for Lake Baikal and use local transport. Our recognition of the Russian cryllic alphabet gradually improved and we had fun reading different signs and being pleased with ourselves when we could ...

10 hours early for a 56 hour train trip, Irkutsk, Siberia, Russian Federation travel blog

10 hours early for a 56 hour train trip

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before. - G.K. Chesterton Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia Prague time +7hrs Days to get to Prague - 17 Eating a chunk of them time zones After getting back from Lake ...

Top and Bottom 5 Things in Russia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Top and Bottom 5 Things in Russia

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... (Smash) 1 - Nastrov'ee, Vodka, Pickle, Pour, Chat and repeat. Bottom 5 5 - Police 4 - Slippy Pavements, Wet Feet, Ice etc 3 - Visas 2 - The Language barrier (and apparent miserableness of Russian Folk - They make me look happy) 1 - Travelling on a ...

Mother Russia..., Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Mother Russia...

A travel blog entry by siandcath

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... and helpful fellow. When we arrived we were greeted by Vitali, Jack was away on tour. Vitali confirmed many Russian stereotypes of unhelpfulness bordering on hostility but we did eventually convince him to please speak to the Russian person on the ...

Pearl of Siberia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Pearl of Siberia

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... trays below are any indication! This leg of the journey was a little laborious however, with a crossing of the Mongolian/Russian border and a scheduled six to eight hour delay at a small station called Naushki just inside Russian territory to wait ...

Bilzzard In Deepest Darkest Siberia!, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Bilzzard In Deepest Darkest Siberia!

A travel blog entry by heatheravan

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... planned for longer at the Lake than us and hoped the conditions would improve. We elected to go back into the city of Irkutsk, after quickly getting a few pictures of the famous Lake Baikal and having our breakfast finally at 3pm at the guest house where ...

'The Train Across Half of Russia', Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

'The Train Across Half of Russia'

A travel blog entry by irax

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... . Myself and Shannon shared a cabin with Vladimeer and Ivan who were both off to Vladivostok (7 days!!!). Vlad was 'An officer of the Russian Army' who's favourite sayings were 'Sit Down Please', 'Thank You' and 'You're Welcome'. Ivan was a bit more of a ...

TRANS-SIBERIAN TRAIN #10, Irkutsk, Siberia, Russian Federation travel blog

TRANS-SIBERIAN TRAIN #10

A travel blog entry by worldramblings

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... on his way to Vladivostok. We ambled around Irutsk feeling uninspired. It was a real shame that Russian Experience didn't arrange a "Buddy" to show us around. Irkutsk was the capital of Eastern Siberia and has a lot of interesting history - but without ...

Damn this place is Cold!, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Damn this place is Cold!

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... train tickets and assisted us in finding the left luggage storage in the station. With our bags in storage we got a taxi into town. Irkutsk was very quiet at 8am in the morning with not many people on the streets. It was extremely cold as we made our ...

Russian Nightclubs, Irkustk, Russia travel blog

Russian Nightclubs

A travel blog entry by hils

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... a short journey this time, only 12 hours and overnight so it shouldn't be too bad. Last night Chris and I went to a Russian nightclub, seeing as we missed the one in Ekaterinburg. Stratosphere was an interesting experience. The first thing you see when ...

Falling in the deepest lake in the world!, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Falling in the deepest lake in the world!

A travel blog entry by aborder

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... , that was my carriage, left on its own for another 3 hours. What would I do if I missed my train?   We arrived into Irkutsk very early. I was asked by the hostel to kill two hours at a cafe in the station so I did. Walking over the bridge to ...

Fish Flakes for Breakfast?, Baikal, Russia travel blog

Fish Flakes for Breakfast?

A travel blog entry by pidgeandpie

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At 2am our locomotive pulled into a quiet station on the edge of Lake Baikal, famed for its fresh fish (being the largest fresh water lake in the world!). Tilly had decided she was going to have one of these finned beauties before the train had even ...

Irkutsk, the final stop in Russia, Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

Irkutsk, the final stop in Russia

A travel blog entry by roadtrip

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... , some Russians who were also staying in the same place were eating and drinking vodka, and they invited me to join them! Again, Russian hospitality. They spoke a little English so we got by, and drank a fair bit of vodka, good stuff too! The next day ...

1st stop in Russia. Only 5185km to Moscow, Irkutsk, Siberia, Russian Federation travel blog

1st stop in Russia. Only 5185km to Moscow

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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... ), is one of the largest cities in Siberia (population over 600,000), is an archbishopric of the Russian Orthodox Church and is the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast (an Oblast being an administrative region, much like a state). According to my ...

The trans-mongolian route. 48hrs., Irkutsk, Russia travel blog

The trans-mongolian route. 48hrs.

A travel blog entry by surgeongeneral

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... for. Its got a great walkway by the river and the prices aren't bad especially if you are coming from Moscow. I met a wonderful Russian lady, Yulya, who introduced me to her friends and showed me around, which made the whole experiance that much better. I ...

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