Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center
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After riding from Adler, near Sochi, through Volgograd and to Perm in 2nd class carriages it was a treat to get on a 1st class carriage to Irkutsk. I had wanted to take Train 2, the Rossiya, from Perm to Irkutsk, and then on to Vladivostok. This is the classic Trans-Siberian train. However, the timing didn't work out from Perm to Irkutsk, so we …
... Russian menus, so decided to keep looking, otherwise who knows what we would have eaten! Finally found a café that had English menus and an English speaking waitress. Enjoyed an hour so relaxing in the breeze before heading back to the hostel via a supermarket to stock up on food items for tomorrow's train trip to Ulan Ude.
Hardly anybody at the hostel when we got back, so maybe it will be a quiet ...
... us up. Only the official ice road is your vehicle insured for. Sergie also knows the ice better than Jack as is either doing tours or fishing when he is not on shift as a firefighter. He was also born on the island a aboriginal of the local tribe. Heading out of the village we drove down thru sand dunes onto the ice. Our first stop with a big smile on his face was with a handbrake turn. We stopped by ...
... train however is the Trans-Mongolian line and I was surprised to see the difference in people aboard. Hardly any Russians at all. A few Mongolians, a lad from Brazil in my cabin called Diogo, two girls from Mexico, and elderly couple from Austria, two girls from Finland, and an American family, a bit of all sorts really. This was a big shift to a travellers train compared to the locals train. The train is a lot cleaner as well, the sheets don’t smell of beer thanks to a lack of ...
... along the way so far, too numerous to count anymore.
It’s now Wednesday and I am starting to appreciate the full scale of the Trans-Siberian. It’s vast, Russia is vast. It’s thousands of kilometres and I have hardly scratched the surface despite the three time zones I have moved through. Russia in its entirety spans 9 time zones…..that’s over a third of the globe and I know I have so much more to traverse before ...
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