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Travel Blogs from Irkutsk
... Tried putting in my contact lenses on the train but was only 50% successful. I have no idea where my left lens went. We pulled into Irkutsk at 9:30 local time. The tour group also disembarked here. We said our goodbyes at the station as they were headed to Listvyanka. I was so glad to meet all those guys. They definitely made that trip much more enjoyable. Hope I'm as lucky on my next train journey.
The station clock said it was ...
... interesting though and some of the graffiti
artwork was very detailed. After walking back we trekked up through a
lane past some local houses and some angry sounding dogs, up into the
nature reserve. BEAUTIFUL. The autumnal colours were bright, even in
the dreary rain, and the many trees sheltered us from the bitter
We walked back down into the sleepy village to find more residents
and tourists about, we were obviously there ...
... the promise of more social interaction with fellow passengers never came to fruition, Amanda and I managed to remain civil to each other the entire way - the anticipation of cocktail hours always kept us focussed. Another point to note with travelling across a huge country in a train is the amount of time zones you go through. In our case we were gaining time so just when you think it is lunch time the clock goes back an hour, just when you think it is cocktail ...
... to Irkursk. Having sourced the cash and said good bye to the driver we then looked for a cab to take us to our next hotel. We had a basic map (but with no road names) and it looked walkable but in fear of getting lost with all our stuff, in need of a warm shower and feeling tired after the 5 hour sardine trip back to Irkursk we opted for a car.
Approaching what appeared to be a taxi rank, 500-700 cars written on a big sign on ...
... and come straight back? They got there to find Rosa and her beau ( the chef ) asleep together they have collapsed a table and are sleeping in one of the booths nice ! I can understand why people come to the lake and there was many people camping along the coastline. It was absolutely huge and I got some great photos. We arrive at Ulan-Ude at 13.15 the station provides us with an opportunity to top up the JIC bag because it's taken a bit of a hammering. We buy sausage ...