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Travel Blogs from Krasnoyarsk
... dining car and read Anna Karenina. Thought I'd be much further through it than I am by this point. But still got plenty of miles ahead of me yet!
We stopped at Ilanskaya for 20 minutes, a small unremarkable town. Lots of station vendors on the platforms selling all kinds of Russian foods. I would've bought something if we weren't going to the dining car tonight.
As it turns out, I should've got something from the platform . For one it wouldn't have taken over an hour to ...
... down to the efforts of the provanistas - these two clearly lacking in this department!
We find our cabin empty, the other bunks are made but nobody is about, we sit on our empty bunks, waiting, looking at the possessions of our fellow travellers, hunting for clues to an identity. We spot German on book faces, two pairs of shoes, one pair look like an older gents, a kind of beige pimpsol, and a tidy arrangement of snacks... We wait, but so far so good.
After a few ...
I'm not sure if I've said so yet, or whether you know already; but Russian train tickets always show Moscow time, rather than the local time. I don't know the reason for this, but I do know that it's rather annoying from the point of view of a traveller! So whenever you are going somewhere by train, you have to be aware of the time difference between Moscow and where you are.
The train pulls into Irkutsk station at 10.29 pm, Monday evening Moscow time; 2.29am ...
Strange clocks and bookcases (with books to share) dotted along the main high street and piped music with the occasional public information message - it's unlike any Russian city we've been to so far and we LOVE it. There is a brilliant irish pub that even sells cider on tap... K is a happy lady and all the trees that line the streets are fake but light up at night...cue Radiohead....
Arranged a trip ...
... did! We seemed to be getting along just fine and it didn’t
take long for the beer bottles to be opened! A few hours into our trip we got a
phone call from a family friend who lives in Krasnoyarsk, inviting us to come
and stay at his house, even though he would be away in South Africa with his family
while we were there. Our new friends seemed very concerned when we wanted to
cancel our reservation at our hostel and proceeded to pull ...
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