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... tapping her watch and indicating it was time to rise and shine, she triumphantly turned on all the compartment lights and pushed the blind up great thanks, make that two hours of sleep after the beer drinking stopped. So I stepped of the train at Irkutsk station at 02.53, which the police chap indicated was now 07.53, Moscow+5hr, I wandered bleary eyed up the road towards my hostel/ hotel with the big red sign above station indicating a positively tropical -18 degrees, with ...
... of the Church of the Saviour and the Polish Catholic Church. As we followed the river we could see the railway station on the opposite bank, and eventually came to the statue of Alexander III. Walking on we came to a row of old wooden houses, perhaps left over from the time of the exiles. This was close to the Regional Museum, which had an interesting display of 19th ...
We arrived in Irkutsk early morning and made our way to "Good Zone Hostel". We had much less trouble finding it that previous places! Although we still had a good walk with our rucksacks to get there, good to keep our exercise up! Our hostel was clean and warm, and the administrator was very friendly and keen to speak English with us. We sat for a while drinking tea and deciding what to do. All was quiet until, quite suddenly, a very excitable middle aged lady ...
This morning was a bit of a disaster.
The hostel administrator who was not here last week was a complete waste of time.
She had no local knowledge and didn't seem to care about anything.
So, via the internet, I was to go on a boat tour along the Lake.
My first disaster was not being able to find the bus. So I took a taxi (he tried to rip me off but I was having none of it).
My second ...
... I'll forgive him). That just left two of us in the compartment. I had brought my own provisions so I had my breakfast of cuppa soup, coffee and an apple. I was surprised at how the time just passes by. Looking out of the window, having a walk up and down the train, reading Brendan O'Carroll's autobiography, Mrs Browns Boys, getting up to stretch my legs when the train stops, eating my dried soups and noodles. At least when I ventured onto the platform I thought it was getting ...
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