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... some sort of democracy to Russia. After they were released from prison they were not allowed to return from Siberia so they set up business there and did very well. The mansion is now a museum and is was quite beautiful inside – very well restored and maintained. The highlight though was a concert put on by local performers who played the 162 year old piano and sang. We had Chopin, Verdi as well as Tchaikovsky (of course) followed by champagne!
We then ...
... a character, John Rogerson, you would have loved him!
Oh! And by the way the scenery outside was starting to look more interesting with more hills and picturesque villages etc.
Had our ‘Noodles’ dinner then settled down to sleep to prepare for our 5am wake up call to get ready for our next stop at Irkutsk (don’t know why but Carol has had a lot of trouble pronouncing the name Irkutsk)!
Will be sad saying goodbye to Hilda!
... a short game of charades that the street there was the street we wanted, and the building there was the building we wanted. We eventually found the correct door, unmarked and at the back of the building, pressed the apartment number, and got buzzed up. There we met Sasha, a really lovely hostel manager, and Mac, a fellow train passenger that had been on a different carriage. We spent the morning exploring and looking for breakfast, finding a bakery for snacks, and then ...
... are in larger towns. The trees are in leaf here and there are cattle and the occasional goat at pasture. Perhaps the livestock are housed indoors until the ground is firm and the grass growing once more. Here in the west of Asia the Ladas roam free from seeing almost none during the first 3000km, now it's the majority that are Ladas or GAZ or UAZ plus other local creations. This is the Real Russia!When the train stops at a station, the wheel tappers tap the wheels, ...
... because I expected Russian. Perhaps there are lots of German tourists that come here, or perhaps we looked German to him, and perhaps German was the only other language he spoke.
We arrived at the bus depot in Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal, which was frozen solid. We walked out onto the lake where some school girls were ice skating near the shore. The lake was frozen as far as the eye could see. Snow capped ...
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