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... the ferry. Shopping was interesting in Listvyanka. Most of the produce is behind the counter, which means you have to ask for it, which isn't straight forward since we don't know the Russian for most vegetables. The most amusing thing was trying to buy an onion. We knew she sold them as a customer in front of us had bought one but they were in a sack behind the door, and so less easy to point to. She first brought bread, then a customer behind us suggested something. How many? she asked ...
... Which left moscowat 13:20. Which seems simple, untill we met "moscow time" (More on that in a while). b efore wewent to the station that the train left from to Irktusk, we got some essential provisions - POt noodles, water vodka, porridge, and a few other snacks for along the journey in case the food for sale at the stations wasnt nice. WE took the metro from our station, which we were able to navagate this time around, and we arrived ...
... van, I guess they go around in groups and combine efforts to fill minibuses, new bus was full so I get the kiddy seat ( a padded wooden box facing backwards by the door) but luckily not for long as a chap got of soon so I nabbed his seat, after a impressive ride to Listvyanka and what can only be described as "enthusiastic overtaking" over blind hills and blind bends we all arrived unscathed at the frozen Lake Baikal. I won't bore you with a geography lesson as your doing well ...
... The guest house that we stayed in had one so we tried it out. First you drink a special tea made with birch leaves, spices and sugar, then you enter the very hot room wearing special felt hats that protect you head from the heat, when you can't stand the heat anymore you go out to a middle room where you lie down and get thrashed by birch branches before either going outside into the freezing cold air or pouring cold water over yourself, you then enter the hot room again ...
We arrived slowly at the Russian border. All told to sit in the cabins, have everything filled out, all luggage easily accessible. The guards, customs and immigration come through. Stamp in my passport- yay! A few general questions then a cabin search and we are in. We jumped off the train at the station. To use the toilets cost $10R. There is no toilet paper in there either- so take your own or but it, the toilets are ...
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