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... go through some strange door system and step across from carriage to carriage. We were convinced we had gone the wrong way the first night and were going to fall off the back of the train until our provodnitsa pointed us to carry on. We had made the mistake of wearing our slippers so it felt like we were on a grim version of the polar express.
The bar car was really basic but it was interesting to see Russians ordering carafes of Vodka with shot glasses. ...
... 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 ...
... a 45 minute stop for passengers to get on and one of the groups we are traveling with got off. Our Russian cabin member Viktor has now left us. This station was reasonably good. There was a lot of shops selling drinks and food- nothing hot, but good food. A little more to choose from. Back on the train and Cindy and I have a cabin to ourselves at the moment, we have 2 more stops before tomorrow- so we may get more cabin ...
... and hands and dripping everywhere. It gets quite messy! To top it off, they call this dish pozi. I'm sure you can imagine the jokes three hung over guys can make while eating this pozi...
Irkutsk is located near Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world - around 1But00m. Supposedly it contains enough drinking water to supply the population of the entire Earth for 40 years. Now with ...
... On the up side of our restaurant
car experience, we met some nice New Yorkers and an Indian studying
in New York and his Canadian travelling companion who teaches in
London Englnd. There was a group of Germans there too, but we didn't
meet them. All was convivial in our little U.N. pectopah on rails.
So far we have gone through 5 time
zones and 5185 km of: Steppe (prairie land); crossed the Ural
Mountains (bumps with birch and pine ...