Baikal Business Centre Hotel
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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 ...
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 ...
I hadn't booked a tour today so I planned to go hiking on my own.
It was a bit cloudy when I woke up but within an hour, the cloud had cleared to give way to sunshine (however the wind was a bit chilly.......in fact a lot chilly).
However, I forgot to book a packed lunch last night so I would need all my charm to arrange one at short notice.
The receptionist was really nice and told me to go and ask in the canteen.
Wish I'd never bothered.
You'd have thought I ...
Woke up to blue skies and sunshine again.
I had a typical Russian breakfast of hot oatmeal (a bit like porridge - not overly impressed but ate it anyway) and an Omelette.
My tour started at 10am.
I'm off to the east coast of the Island.
An old fashioned Russian minibus was our mode of transport (much like the beloved yellow BT van that we used to have when we were young).
There were 10 of us on our tour.
6 Russians ...
... window, having a walk up and down the train, reading Brendan O'Carrolls autobiography, Mrs Browns Boys (sorry Christine !!!!!!!), getting up to stretch my legs when the train stops, eating my dried soups and noodles.
At least when I ventured onto the platform I thought it was getting warmer.
Before I knew it, I was the only one left in my compartment.
Spalgny Wagon (1st class) !!!!!!!
I'm going to get a good nights sleep.