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... speaking English very slowly and loudly (not so successful). We came better prepared this time with food and drink. As everyone told us, the food on the Russian trains is truly awful! Even the Russian people don't eat it. Just to give you an idea the free 'goodie' bag they give you when you get on board contains an out of date cereal bar (July!!!)! We are hopeful for the train food ...
... in Russia. People even heat their houses with it.
I see our acquaintance from yesterday and ask if he will pass the ferry landing. He will and offers us a ride. A Dutch couple also staying here heard my conversation and quickly asks if they can also join. I think their names are Susan and Peter. Nice guys. Young. Traveled a lot.
A little later we are dropped at the landing, but we still have an hour before the ferry leaves.
At Peter's advice we visit the Baikal ...
... uses. The stoves in the garages are for use in the winter to ensure your car doesn't freeze up overnight. The garages also act as food stores for vegetables overwinter. With our Novosibirsk host and friend, we passed a load of locked metal lids, manhole cover sized, but square, with big padlocks. These are also for storing vegetables, we discovered. People living in tiny apartments need somewhere to store the vegetables ...
... no English.
Wednesday morning was wet and we drove out to Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baykal. It's a little tourist and fishing town. The wind off the lake was a bit cool but we really enjoyed looking around Retro Park, a collection of sculptures made from old car parts and a lot of imagination. The museum was also good. It was just about the lake and explained how it was formed, how it had ...
... eye can see. Colourful wooden hillbilly hamlets spring up from time to time. Some of the cabins even manage a second storey. Cows, we've seen cows, 6 of them in the distance- our first since Berlin ! Tigers once roamed this area in perfusion as did bears and wolves. Siberia has numerous large, still frozen, rivers crossing it North to South, to our surprise, and prior to the railway they formed the main access routes, especially during the gold rush period. ...