Travel Blogs from Irkutsk
This is last leg of our trek on Indian Territory before we cross over to Tibet. It is most treacherous walk of about 7 km on a very steep ascent. Almost all of us prefer to negotiate this climb on pony-back so as to preserve our energy for the tough trek ahead and also to make the distance well before 9 am. The weather at pass is generally …
... hot and humid on the train, even with the window open. It turned out that was typical Moscow weather at this time of year. 11am came and we arrived in Moscow. We got out of the rather large station with not too many stairs this time and found a taxi who said the ride would cost us R100, at least that's what we though he said and Sverre even wrote it with his finger on his hand 1 0 0. When we got to our hostel though he was angry when we gave him the 100 ...
... 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 ...
... allows you to stretch your legs. The guidebook says that Russian women set up stalls on the platform to sell food and drink, this was wrong, they probably do in summer but not when it is below zero outside. You do have to be careful if you leave the train, if it is running late the stop time is shortened but this is not announced, you have to ask the attendant when you get off. Apparently it is not unusual to leave someone behind, stuck in the middle of Russia, probably ...
Next morning we got a taxi to a location in Irkutsk where minivans depart for Listvyanka, the village on Lake Baikal, a drive of about an hour. Minivans in Russia are registered and follow the same route as buses, but go more often. The van was full and we were in the back row of seats. The interior was decorated in curtains and padded ceiling giving it the appearance of Aladdin's magic minivan. The driver spoke in German to me as I paid him which ...
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