Lake Baikal - oh and the fur attacks
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Amazingly on the train
We stop at Ulan Ude and it is simply incredible business for them the place is heaving, hardly and space on the platform before they get off. A few new faces seem to have joined our train in the night as we now have other Brits and french from whatever station they got on
That night we arrived in Customs and what a drag the border crossing must have taken about 6 hours but we got through without any questions. The only funny thing at border control was when a tiny little drug sniffing dog when into our room and I nearly had a bloody heart attack, Erica was in tears.
Strangely the customs thing was odd for the traders who while the police collected passports unloaded all the stock from the train onto trolleys and did a runner through a gate away from the police carrying all the stock they had. This was piled up into an enormous pile before being loaded into transit type vans (Russian equivalent from the Soviet Era. The police didn't care and the unloading must have taken about 2 hours of running and scurrying around. So bizarre and odd but then again that pretty much summarises our experience of the the first part of the longest train Journey in the world. Finally got through the border crossings at 1 am Mongolian time or maybe 6 am Moscow time. Our body clock is screwed.