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Lake Baikal is the world's deepest freshwater lake, containing enough water to supply the entire population of Earth with drinking water for the next 40 years. Waking up on Okhon Island which is located just off the shore of Lake Baikal was amazing. The light was good so I layered up and headed out with my camera before breakfast. I walked thru the village enjoying the sunrise and the light against ...
... stretch of the journey as this was the day we pass lake Baikal and see Siberia! Lake Baikal is the worlds largest fresh water lake (I think) and it was truly massive, it was so big I couldn't see the end of it. It didn't help that the lake had frozen over completely so it was a little hard to tell the difference between the land and lake. I heard that when the lake froze over the ice is over 1m thick and it most certainly looked like it as I saw a pick ...
... is all worth it when you wake up in your train carriage (after a catch up nap) to some of the most beautiful views I think I've ever seen. Sunrise over Lake Baikal. Hopefully the attached pictures do more justice than any words possibly could (they're hard to take on a moving train through muddy windows!). So next stop, Ulaanbataar, the world's coldest capital city. Glad we chose to come in November then... Phil and Mups ...
... playground and drifting circuit……and it went on…..and on….and on for hours and hours. During that time I think I only saw one police car in the square and the only thing that broke the monotony of the squealing tyres and squealing music and squealing women was the beautiful crisp note of a gunshot! Yes that’s right I kid you not a gunshot, not too far from the hotel but it seemed like the ghetto likes to bring itself into the town on Saturday nights. ...
... and I pick their brains as to where they have travelled to and what they have enjoyed so far on their travels in the past. I like Steve and Jackie they are nice. They are both much more seasoned travellers than myself. Tibet, Peru, Ethiopia, Nepal, New Zealand, they are a fountain of knowledge and it only serves to spur me on to keep going on this adventure as long as I can. The money may be limited but that doesn’t have to be an obstacle ...
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