Trans-Siberian Journey: Krasnoyarsk - Listvjanka

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Russia  , Irkutsk,
Friday, September 10, 2010

This time our train for Irkutsk leaves early afternoon and is 30 minutes late.

The train is not a nice one again and the provodnista was a proper one: if Agi did not speak Russian, provodnista would have left her with mouth full of tooth paste because the train entered a sanitary zone (zone close to the cities where toilets cannot be used as foul ends up on the track).

As soon as we get further away from Krasnoyarsk the landscape becomes very beautiful and it is difficult for us to get our eyes away from this landscape. The very windy storm that we had in Kranosyarsk was also blowing in the countryside and we could see amazing dust/sand clouds coming up from the ground. We notice that a great part of the land is used for agriculture (probably wheat fields) in this region which is surprising as it has been very rare so far. Closer to Irkutsk the landscape is mostly the same as in the evening before when the sun set.

We arrive in Irkutsk on time at 09:46 local time which is another extra hour on Moscow time (now +5hrs).

We there cross the city to catch a minibus to go Listvjanka. The village of Listvjanka is 70km south of Irkutsk near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal. In the minibus we meet a Russian/French travelling couple (Vladimir and Amandine) that are going to the same village as we are. Thus, we make a plan to meet up later.

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