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... and wildlife of the lake, as well as tanks with fish from the lake and one that had a nerpa seal and her two babies, so cute! We also watched a film about the lake in winter when it's completely frozen over with ice about 1 metre deep and looked at specimens from the lake under a microscope. All in all a pretty good museum. Retro Park: a garden full of quirky sculptures made from old soviet-era cars and motorbikes. Very fun. The Banya: A Banya is a traditional Russian sauna or ...
... and pictures, in particular of the native Buryat people. There was also a small display of memorabilia of the early days of the Trans Siberian railway, as Irkutsk had been a significant juncture on the Moscow to Vladivostok route. It was at Lake Baikal that trains had to be put on steamers to be taken across the lake before the construction of the cliff-side railway line alongside the ...
... he wasn’t hearing me say ‘Only speak English, No Russian’.
He stopped by and came in to our cabin for another attempt of communicating and in the process, "Sat on Hilda’s bed"!! We thought, Oops! Here goes WWIII. But no she kept quiet until after he left then, while muttering loudly, straightened out her messed up quilt again.
Well he ‘got me’ again in the corridor later but again I managed to get away. ...
... holiday started with an enormous feeling of relief after leaving Mongolia on a possibly expired visa, which made the entry into Russia - including all the customs and immigration process - a comparative pleasure. The Russians take people smuggling much more seriously, demanding that I remove all 3 pieces of luggage from the overhead compartment, then poking around with a torch looking for hidden midgets. Their drug sniffing dogs, however, are not exactly intimidating. They ...
... to a blowout treat. Russian dumplings in broth, meats of Russia soup (which included smoked sausage, cured meats, pickled cucumber, lemon, potato and mayonnaise). Baikal fish in an Astrakhan hat, trout on a raft and more! We loved it... It's only money... And it finished with a decanter of vodka... Ishh ownli muny...What could be better? People love this place and it is famous across the world. Khrushchev built two houses here for a meeting with Eisenhower, plus the ...