Baikal Plaza Hotel
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Hullo Mongolia but two nights on the train and a 7 hour border crossing check as they change carriages and go through our luggage...interesting!!
Once again we lucked in with our choice of trains. I'm not sure if it is always the case or not, but Train 5 had basically the most modern carriages used on the Trans-Mongolian railway. The cabin itself was a little bit smaller than on the first train, but it was much more modern. Power was readily available within the cabin, and everything was clean and new. Most exciting, the bathroom not only was a western style toilet, and not only did it not open directly onto the tracks, ...
... town of Sukhbaatar. A lovely sunset and new moon in no-man's land. The stop here was more than 2 hours whilst the Mongolian immigration and customs officers did their thing. Customs carted off two large boxes of bananas and potatoes, presumably belonging to the provodnitsa. Again, ours was a lonely carriage at the station, finally shunted onto the end of a train that arrived from Ulan Baatar and was returning there. We set off on time at ...
Well today was my last full day in Russia and what a day it has been. Absolutely unbroken sunshine for the whole day. The whole purpose of me stopping off in Ulan Ude was to visit the Ivolginsky Datsan. The biggest Buddhist Temple complex in Asia. 2 Mashrutka's (minibuses) later and I'm at the entrance. It was in the middle of nowhere and my first impression was 'Is that it' ? To be honest, it was a bit of a let down. The Datson was in ...
... on the campfire. It was the best tasting soup yet. And I got 3 helpings of it ! After lunch we drove across the bottom half of the island to the east coast past another sacred Buryat site where there were some very strange markings and even the remains of a cow which appeared to be part of some ritual killing. Next we arrived at the eastern side of the island. The sea here looked totally different as it was shielded from the wind. We visited another rock formation called 2 faces ...