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... lifespan. I have a certificate to
prove it! After our dip into this very
cold body of water, we must first do a vodka blessing to the 4 corners of the
world in order to appease the spirit of Lake Baikal. Then we hike back up the
embankment for a picnic next to the train.
Never in my
wildest dreams did I ever think I would be singing Russian songs, drinking
vodka and having a picnic in Siberia!!! What a day.
... Consulate in Irkutsk many times during the day but no reply on any of their phone numbers. Seems like they were also on holiday! (Since found out that Mongolia had extended their annual "Naadam" holiday for an extra 3 days... as you do!)
Then up to our room for blog writing and TV watching. It is easy to forget where you are when there is BBC World News on the TV, English music on the radio and English T shirt slogans everywhere. Until you try to talk to ...
... a few weeks to make it worthwhile.
Just like I said in my final thoughts I wish I wasn't sick and only there for a few days. I ended up not having the flu and it must have just been a fever mixed with poor nutrition. That’s one of the hardest parts of long term travel. You actually need to think about long term health and what you’re eating and doing. Anyways, a Russian visa was $250 and I’m just not sure if ...
... more gothic, fatter and less tall empire state building. There are eight Stalin spires around Moscow, and we were staying about 500 meters away from one; Lavrov's current office. Monday night we went out to celebrate the 23rd birthday of one of the girl’s on the program at the Hard Rock Café Moscow, quenching a long deprived taste of America we have been missing for the past 2 months. Moscow however, is the most expensive city in the ...
... handed our passports and deportation papers and we flew to Dusseldorf with relief!
So frustrating dealing with the Russian officials. Clearly, we didn't have the required visa, but it was very difficult to get any information & we were never sure that they understood what we said. Fortunately we were greeted in a very friendly way in Germany by an official who told us "You are welcome".