Baikal Business Centre Hotel
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So after our 48 hour journey to Siberia we finally arrived in Irkutsk late at night. We were greeted by our host with a big sign saying "LIZZY PROVIS" which was a welcomed sight. It comes as no surprise that the further east you go the more remote and daunting getting off the train in the cities is. Our host was nice even if a little odd. She proceeded to tell us that the hostel we thought we were going to go to had basically closed down, and instead we were ...
... but it required coordination to sort out our stuff and make our beds. The carriages are very stuffy at night as they lock the windows in the corridor and there's no ventilation in our locked compartment.
I woke up to lovely autumn forest views, full of reds, yellows and greens. Unfortunately photos through dirty train windows don't do it justice, and when we did stop it's at ugly stations.
The train stopped ...
Some views from the train window: Spruce trees, all spruce trees, with dark trunks and green tops. Grass underneath, but not much else, the sparkle of a river at the other side of a 10m band of them. Habitation. Rows of wooden housing, mostly dark and slightly run down, each with a large square of dug earth outside, fenced off from, what? Other people, animals? Sunlight glints off the bark of silver birch trees. They are not ...
When the Siberian wind blows, you certainly know about it. I was warned ! Annek (the french lady) who was visiting the island from Irkutsk had heard from her friends who had said it was going to get cold from Friday onwards. It was actually 14 degrees but it wasn't sunny. I don't think I've ever experienced wind like it. It was like standing in front of a -20 fan on full speed. It's amazing how the weather changes in 12 hours. I got layered up as I was heading to the south of the ...
Woke up to a very sunny day. Not a cloud to be seen in the sky. Today I was heading on another tour but this time to the northern end of the Island called the Khoboy Peninsula. We headed off in our forever reliable Russian van. The first stop was the Island I hiked to yesterday. It looked even better in clear sunshine. The next stop about 45 minutes later was the spectacular scenery of the Northern Cape (the Khoboy Peninsula). And spectacular it was. ...