International Friendship Hostel
Travel Blogs from Irkutsk
... holiday and fly back home to London. We had the option of seeing Nerpa seals in an aquarium (they are found only in Lake Baikal - and in this aquarium), but we had heard that they're not very well looked after within the aquarium and didn't feel like supporting that particular enterprise. Instead we realised that we had run out or rubles, and had the mission of finding an ATM. There are only 2 ATM locations in Listvyanka, and one of them wasn't working, so it was lucky at least ...
... must be really fertile because the hillsides are strewn with wooded small holdings. Perhaps this, 'away from the world' existence should be opened up to the greater public. "Come To Siberia - Where The Cool Dudes Chill Out."
Irkutsk is lucky to have retained its wooden houses but sadly now, developers are buying them, having 'accidental' fires and erecting grand new buildings on the sites. Siberia can be chilly and it is difficult to sightsee when the snow ...
... to this part of the world come to see.
Lake Baikal is one of the natural wonders of the world and never more so than in winter. The lake is not the world’s largest, but it is the deepest. As such, it’s the world’s largest reservoir of fresh water holding some 20% of all the fresh water on the planet. The lake is so large that it creates its own microclimate and much of its flora and fauna is unique to the area. This includes ...
... although to be fair last night I would pretty much have paid the guy what he wanted to get me away from the station…and also to let me get out of his taxi in one piece. So things were looking somewhat up. By the time I got sorted, checked in at my new place, pinged a few mails out regards arriving in Mongolia, double checking Visa registrations again etc. it was getting on for about 3pm. I had planned for today to be a trip to lake Baikal before moving on as I so ...
We boarded the Russian metro with our honcho Marie and the rest of our vodka train gang. We arrived at the station and boarded our 15 carriage train bound for Irkutsk. We were greeted by cigarette smoke and six berth cabins but to our delight our 5th and 6th companions turned out to be the carriages bedding supply. We set up camp and the train departed. Highlight of the day turned out to be selecting dinner from our wide variety ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed