Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
Trip Start May 30, 2005
129Trip End Sep 30, 2006
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We'd planned to visit the "Decemberists Museum" after lunch, which was about some geezers that had been exiled to Siberia sometime long ago (Before you get on my case about not knowing who they are, read on)
I was happy with this, I just wandered around the city on my own going in no particular direction. After St Ps and Moss Cow it was really very relaxing, and actually quite warm (when the sun was out).
Next day we took our bus on the one hour trip to Listvyanka for Lake Baikal, the largest and cleanst fresh water lake in the world, Ooooooohhh. It holds 20% of the worlds fresh water, Woooooohhh. It contains 23,000 Cubic Kilometers of water, My oh my. And it was beautiful, Awwwww.
I'll try and get some piccies on this site soon, that'd be easier than writing a 1000 words
We took a boat ride one of the days onto the Lake, just off shore you could easily look down to the bottom. This is due to a unique type of Shrimp that lives there and eats ANYTHING. Apparently if anyone drowns in the Lake they don't bother looking for the body as the shrimps eat it in a matter of days, nice thought huh. A few more meters out and you couldn't see the bottom anymore. No wonder, it was more than 1Km down.
In short, Lake Baikal was amazing, don't pass it on the train without stopping for at least a few days, you hear?
On our last day we headed back to Irkutsk and had another failed attempt at visiting the "Decemberists Museum". "look over there" I heard, and with a puff of smoke he was gone again. He reappeared long enough to get us onto the Train to Mongolia, He was actually a really good city guide and it was a shame to see him go.
So that was Russia (almost), just a matter of a short train trip to their neighbouring country, Mongolia.