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Beautiful, clear Lake Baikal, is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world's fresh water. We stayed in a village called Listvyanka on the eastern shore of the lake, about an hour south of Irkutsk. It was so lovely to off and train and even more enjoyable to be out of the city and in fresh, clean air. It was a beautiful surrounding, the lake is crystal clear, the sun shining and the snow capped mountains glittering in the back ground. We stayed two nights by the lake and ...
... of lake Baikal. On the lake front there was a fish market, where you could buy freshly caught and smoked Omul, a fish native to lake Baikal. I lived off it for 3 days. The other travellers staying in our hostel were really friendly, and we spent most evenings chatting and listening to other people's adventures and getting ideas for our own.
Begrudgingly, after a glorious break, we dragged ourselves back to Irkutsk for our next train to Ulan Ude.
Waking up with no hangover- thanks to really clean and good quality vodka. Breakfast was included with the Guesthouse. Lovely meal. Then it was get ready for the museum and a hike, on the coldest and wettest day we have had yet. The museum is about Lake Baikal, the expeditions and the animal life. They also have a Mumma seal and 2 babies. So cute. They like to play and show off for us. After the museum we set off for out ...
... There is 2 atms inside- so you can get out Rubles. You can leave the station, if you walk out the gate, there is a little stall with drinks and small foods- but if you walk further to the right, just after the green fence there is a white building, this is a shop. They do not speak English, but simple yes, no, hello, Thankyou all goes far. I picked up some coke and instant mash and jumped back on the train. About 9pm ...
... and croissants. We were very ashamed of our food when we saw what Nina and Igor had....they had a huge bag of fresh fruit and veg, sausage,cheese and home-made bread. We had heard that Russian people will often share their food with you on the train but we were blown away by how generous they were! They were serving us melon, dragon fruit, freshly prepared salads with bread, cheese and sausage.We tried leaving the cabin when they were starting to prepare food in ...
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