Travel Blogs from Tomsk
... Irkutsk. Our train left so late that we paid for another night in the hostel. We left the hostel around 1700, ate near the station and then boarded the train. This time we choose plazkart (3rd class) on one of the old trains. This is the way most Russians travel. It's cramped like the Fermeny trains but dirtier and less hygienic. We met another American on the ride, Dave. Cool dude traveling back to China after teaching ...
... of the first evening keeping out the way, reading and listening to podcasts. A big shout out to James Ric*******, Danny Baker, Chris Evans, Ian Wright, Dave Gorman and Kirsty Youngs desert island discs. Kirsty has such a soft and soothing voice and makes every interview interesting. I typically slept listening to Karl Pilkington discuss monkeys, then dream about monkeys.
A full day on the train ...
... s why we chose to make a stop-over here. It is also referred to as the "Oxford of Siberia" due to the presence of a University and other institutions of higher learning including a Medical School, a Geology and Petroleum Institute and an Ecology and Climate Research Centre. However, what really makes Tomsk a bit special are its "gingerbread" wooden houses. These traditional cottages, some several stories high are silvered and blackened by the weather, and ...
... as helping their ailing economy). As for accommodation along the way - much of it is obviously on the train, but in Tomsk, Irkutsk, and UB we used the net to source our quarters for those stays. The best resource we can recommend is www.hostelbookers.com. They seem to be able to find good, inexpensive accommodation in the most out of the way places, but not always. For a travel guide we used the Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian Edition (get the latest as things ...
... a bit of a walk around the evening we arrived, and then the next morning woke up to a gray, rainy, and cold day. I think the high that day was 13! It was very chilly. But we aren’t complaining! After all the heat in Australia and southeast Asia we are totally fine with cool weather. So that day we just walked around some more, saw three separate bridal parties (it was a Saturday), and killed some time in a shopping mall.
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