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Travel Blogs from Irkutsk
... to washing a few things in the bathroom sink. Hooray for my universal sink plug and travel towel. Just hope they dry overnight before I leave for Olkhon Island at 9 am. If not I'll think of something.
Had dinner at a place across the road. Six dollars got me a pint of beer, a bowl of solyanka soup, a ham and cheese pastry and a slice of pizza. Going to have a cup of tea and settle in for the evening. All in all a great day in ...
... catch their next train (meeting them again
in Ulan Bator to Beijing train). A really good evening internet
researching and booking some hostels in China and the ferry over to
Japan followed, along with getting into bed and finding...BED BUGS! A
couple of big ones with fresh blood inside...my blood! We eventually
got to sleep and the next morning packed up and left (emailing hostel
to say about bedbugs incase they tried blaming it on us!) ...
... hot chocolate (although it was a bit tricky to find), and if you are a coffee drinker, bring your own Harris bags, as the trains/stations generally only have instant. Hoard the little UHT milk portions that come from McDonalds coffee in China, if you like milk in your tea (UHT milk can be tricky to find). We also had great fun making up cocktails: with abundant duty free alcohol and abundant spare time, the possbilities are endless: -hot chocolate + ...
... clean hair yippee!! Russia definitely isn't easy traveling especially in the more rural areas.
A quick pizza with chips (both reheated) and beer at the local cinema (the closet thing to a restaurant) down the road (which to ages to find) and then back to relax, read, chat and snooze.......eventually (I'm still miffed about the naughty cabbie, lets hope karma gets him, the thief!)
( 8725km / 5421m by land to date)
... soon be arriving at the Mongolian board so need to have passports at the ready. We were due to arrive at the border station checkpoint at 17.35 we arrive at 19.11 the Big hat brigade board the train and come to check us out then walk off with our passports again, we think we could be at this station for sometime. This lull leads to a lot of people getting of the train, still have no passports, but Ian. And Bill see a couple of Germans drinking cold beer so ask them ...