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Jun 29, 2011 - ** Reflections on Russia - Blog **

First blog of the trip so bear with us – difficult to know what may or may not be interesting. Here we go for the saturated regression model approach… Pretty relaxed now having been on the Trans-Siberian train for four days and then here on Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal (Eastern Siberia, Russia) for a week – after dashing around St. Petersburg and Moscow, finally seems like we’re travelling rather than a long holiday from work. The place we're staying at the moment is an eco-friendly hostel called Nikita's homestead. It's like a commune out...

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Mar 8, 2011 - Irkutsk: The Capital of Eastern Siberia.

Gregor arrives on time to collect us from Lake Baikal and transfer us to The Angara Hotel in Irkutsk. The car speeds along at 130 km/h across the ice and snow covered road. Holding my breath as we approach each corner, I pray that we don’t end up amongst the forest trees. The small villages and cedar trees in the forest are now blanketed in snow and look stunning. It is a different view returning to Irkutsk from our original journey along this road three days ago. The edges of the dam have iced up and locals trudge along the side of the...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Trans-Siberian Express: From Moscow to Irkutsk

We are sitting in the hotel lobby with our bags piled on top of each other when he arrives. This is our transfer to board the train at Yaroslavsky station to begin the first leg of the Trans-Siberian Express. He is average height and weight with grey hair and is wearing a black cap. His deep green eyes provide no expression at all. I recognise him from our arrival in Moscow a few days earlier. We jump up, smile and wave. He carries our bags to his “clapped out, dirty and dented Toyota”. His smile is silent and serious. Twenty minutes later,...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Irkutsk

Irkutsk, Russia: Whistlestop Tour ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3 and 7 July 2010 Hello and Goodbye I spent just a few hours in the town of Irkutsk, spread over two days. It is the nearest city to Lake Baikal (some 70km distant) which was my main reason for coming. Although the population is almost 600,000 it was incredibly quiet in the centre of the city, rather like visiting the City of London (the financial district) at the weekend. Prior...

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Jul 3, 2010 - Trans-Smuggleberian Express

Trans-Mongolian Part 2: The Smugglers' Special ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2-3 July 2010 I Don't Believe it! Having made the most of the extra time in Ulan Bator it was now time to depart for my sixth and final country: Russia. Taxi to the station and the second leg of the Trans-Siberian train, second class, to Irkutsk. There was a taxi already at my hostel, depositing a new arrival; my hosts negotiated a fare of T3000 (GBP1.50). Although,...

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Jun 2, 2010 - Siberia-passing through!

Hello from Siberia! We have been having a true Siberian spring. With the massive plain, there is nothing to stop the weather from changing rapidly. We were two nights and a day on the train from Mongolia to Irkutsk, and it was 36 Celsius on the train--that is 96 Fahrenheit!!! All we did was sit and sweat! Today the weather is overcast and cool--about 15 C which I think is about 60 something F. It is just like home to me, but some of the Aussies are a bit cool! We had another long border crossing between Mongolia and Russia--at one point...

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May 31, 2010 - Ulaanbaatar to Listyvanka

Our second train journey - train stopped 5.30am for the Mongolian border control at Sukhbaatar. It is now 9.00 am and a beautiful sunny day and we are still sitting here waiting for border control. Cannot use train toilet so used station one a couple of times - 150T per use. Had cornflakes and 2 pieces of hard bread (it is all hard bread) and jam and numerous cups of green tea with lemon (just to pass the time)in the new glass mug (from France) purchased in Ulaanbaatar. In general, so far, food has been relatively cheap by our standards....

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May 2, 2010 - Whacked With Fir Branches In Irkutsk

I am so, SO grateful that I did get that early flight out to Moscow after all. I really wouldn't have had enough time to see and do everything I did, or meet the people I did. After my last blog I met more and more people in the hostel on the same Vodkatrain trip as me, and we spent time together exploring Moscow before we left for Irkutsk. In the end I went to Red Square four times in four days, went inside St Basil's Cathedral as you can see from the photos in the previous blog, walked around the Kremlin but not inside, and got...

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Feb 22, 2010 - Post Lake Baikal

Wazzup peoples! We are back in irkutsk after a 4 day spell on Olkan island in Lake Baikal. Olkan was really nice after spending most of our other time in big cities. We stayed in a place called Nikitas guesthouse in the only "large" village on the Island. The village consisted of one corner shop, larger cornershop and loads of shantytown style wooden houses. Nikitas was like a small medieval community, which ultimatly supported the whole village as everyone worked there. The food was really nice, we got three large meals a day which we were...

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World Tour 2010

Feb 14, 2010 - Entry from Irkutsk

Hello people, we have ventured further into the wilderness of russia and more specifically siberia in the last few days. We are currently staying with out second couch surfer in Irkutsk. As you may or may not know we speant the last 4-5 days (excluding the train journey eastwards) in the city of Tomsk, which is north of Novosibirsk. Here we stayed with Kirill a Russian english student/radio DJ. He was a top guy and arranged many things for us to do during our stay such as talk to russian english students (his classmates) about how England...

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Sep 24, 2009 - Train to Irkutsk and onto Beijing - Sept 15-24

September 15 The train ride from Moscow to Irkutsk was excellent. The train left Moscow dot on time and thankfully we had our 4-bed cabin to ourselves at first. This meant we could sort all of our stuff out and get organised in the little space we had. We got all our food and drink out and tucked into the nice big box of wine we'd bought! At the first stop, Vladimir, a Russian couple got on and were to be our companions for the next few days. They were very friendly but spoke little English. Combined with our non-existent Russian,...

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Aug 1, 2009 - A review on our Russia Trip

Here is our thought on Russia during this trip. Food Russian food are generally very nice and hearty. I have already developed a few favourites including the Borsch, the Carrot salad, the Beef Strogenoff and its pancakes with variety of fillings. However, I think Russian seems big meat eaters (suit me fine) but probably not too ideal a destination for veggies. Drinks Russian beers are very nice. Just pick any brand and you can guarantee good beer. The Russian beer are very cheap too. You can pick a can of beer for 50p whereas the foreign...

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