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Lake Baikal in Siberia ...very very big and we are off the train for two nights and having showers...the sceneries are spectacular
My 3rd night, I can sleep inside a comfortable warm hostel room! Right now it is actually snowing here in Irkutsk, which will force me to do some planing, on how to reach the Chinese boarder eventually.
But don't let's get ahead to much, as the saying says, " we will find a solution when we have to cross the bridge".
Here in my hostel room, the bags are ready again, all filled with washed and dry clothes, even ...
Well I got up this morning to cloud and mist.
I donned the layers (again !!!!!!!) and off I went to the bus station to catch the bus to Listvyanka.
It dawned on me how all Russian cities look the same.........grey, drab and miserable.
My guide book said Irkutsk was full of little wooden houses with flower boxes on the window sills.
Where were they all ????
I found the bus station and there was a bus waiting.
There were two ways to get to Listvyanka, ...
... arriving in Irkutsk in the middle of the night to finally get off the train in search of our hostel and the promise of a warm shower to wash our respective skins clean of their unenviable 4 day mix of sweat, deodorant and wet wipes! Lowlight: The hour or so we took to find our hostel which, for once, was only due in part to our incompetence. Moreover, if you are ever planning on owning a hostel that is open to clueless foreign tourists in the middle of the night then may ...
We arrived into Irkutsk bang on time and were met by our local guide, whose name I didn't catch, and our local driver, who was the surliest human being I've ever seen. He was certainly no Mia for sure, as he sat behind the wheel of the bus whilst we loaded it not lifting a finger to help. Once we were loaded up it was a 45-minute drive to the lakeside village of Listvyanka where we were staying the night.
We were staying in a large wooden guesthouse, complete ...