Hop along Not Skiing
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Where I stayed
Breakfast pancakes gorgeous - called aladi
Arrival of 10 Aussies on their way thru from Mongolia. One of their group fell off a camel and ended up in hospital. Beware of camels
Swapped some pounds and dollars for Mongolian money then headed to ski slopes. I didn't ski coz leg sore but helped try to teach Anita to ski, it's quite hard to teach! Skiing was only 1000 roubles including equipment and lift pass so brilliant value. We got picked up by the chalet owner at 3 and as we drove by the lake steve wanted to get out and get in. This is one crazy Aussie! Sure enough she drove us down to the lake and we got out and found a suitable spot where the ice wasn't too thick and the lake not deep
We left at 4 to head back to Irkutsk for a late lunch. Our train isn't until 950 so we have some time to kill. Costa suggested a walk but I want to rest it an let it get better so I can do everything in Mongolia.
i spent a few hours in the hotel updating this, and resting my leg, and at 8.45...now, we're back on the train to go to Mongolia.
16:51 Best thing: watching steve jump in lake
Worst thing: not being able to ski coz I've strained my leg muscle
Kit I'm most impressed with:
Rohan cool silver T shirts. Keep me warm or cool when I need and don't smell at all!
Sorel snow boots. Also kept my feet very warm and very dry when everyone else's feet were cold in walking boots.
New Russian hat. Furry and warm for poor ears!
Not impressed with.
The other 2 technical tshirts I got which are also meant to be smellproof. Theyre not brilliant in that respect.
Dare to be gloves. My fingers got pretty cold when snow mobiling and dog sledding despite my merino wool liners.
What am I missing?
Mums home cooking. (to be fair I only get that when I go to theirs, but I won't get any this year :( )
And my feather duvet
What am I not missing?
My xbox at the mo and erm... Work (I've never not worked and like I said, I never knew life could be this much fun!)
Most beautiful thing: still the view across the frozen lake to the massive snowy mountains in the distance. A photo cannot portray the beauty.
17:12 Irkutsk looks dirty and there are factories spewing out black smoke.