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Outside the station in Irkutsk I meet Laïm, who is also trying to dodge the touting taxi drivers. Together we walk across the bridge over the Angara river into the town centre. It is 08:30 on Sunday morning and the place is deserted. We stop at the only open café, the Irkutsk equivalent of the one Alan Sugar sends his losing teams to. It is grim! We compare itineraries. Laïm tells me I should have taken the cheapest class on the train ...
... and share food and vodka, but with the russian sense of non interation with english speakers, this might be difficult.
the food carraige was like you would expect, tables, four chairs. and offered food like fish, sambops and beers. The best thing about it was the staff, one of the women was super frienldy, and was happy to talk to us in russian, even though she knew we couldnt understand. she came to be knows as "train mom" ...
... evicted for being drunk and disorderly (this was before 1pm). The cafe clearly encouraged this behaviour as they were serving beer on tap. Taxman would have been loving this but I was concerned about the clientele travelling on this train.
Our train arrived and we met our 'provodnitsa'. She is the person that looks after your carriage on the train and when I read the reviews, it seemed like they are normally really unfriendly and can't speak any English. We ...
... called Dillwatch set up by a British journalist to show the Russians inappropriate use of dill). One of the things we'd been told before we got on the train was to try make friends with our carriage attendant as they can make or break the trip. Well, we didn't get off to a good start with our night time attendant. She spent the first evening shouting at most of us in Russia, telling us to be quiet even when we were being quiet so her shouting at us was more noisy then ...
... spent in Laike Baikal were frustratingly defined by a lack of sleep which we put down to Train Lag and an apparent infantile need for the movement of the train to rock us to slumber town. Indeed, this phenomenon was certainly not aided by the bizarre fact that all the stops are listed in Moscow time and all the stations have Moscow time on their boards no matter how far East you go. The further we progressed the more absurd this appeared as we were, towards the ...
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