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Aug 1, 2009 - Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

This is meant to be the account of our three days in Irkutsk in Siberia. We first arrived here quite early on the morning. We were woken up quite early by our friendly army guy on the train. However, it was 7.30 in the morning but I wouldn't have minded snoozing for a bit longer. Travelling into Irkutsk was fine and we were very happy to see the back of Smelly express and smelly army guy! We were greated by a representative from the tour operator and she took us to the homestay we are currently staying with. The tour operator was a very...

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Jul 30, 2009 - Trans-Siberian Railway - Moscow to Irkutsk

We were quite pleased to leave Moscow in the end. Neither of us really liked the city. It lacked charm and was just really a big boring place to live. St Petersburg definately got the architecture and grandness of which Moscow has nothing. I don't think we would ever return, at least not if we have to pay for it ourselves. Before leaving Moscow we treated ourselves to a dinner at the local chain My-My and we really enjoyed it. I had a Chicken Kiev with bulgur and a yoghurt sauce and Iris had duck (no surprises there!) with some roast...

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Jul 30, 2009 - Trans-Siberian Railway - the practical side

Condition of the carriage The carriage was fairly clean with the two attendants cleaning the tiolets and the rest of the carriage twice daily and maintained it to a better standard than I expected. However, given we still have 40 odd people sharing two tiolets, the tiolets still consistently smelled of urine... The train was air conditioned and was set at a constant 21C which was fairly pleasant considered that it was quite hot outside. However, when the train approached each stop, the air conditioned was shut for the time when the train...

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Aug 23, 2008 - Irkutsk

Llegué a la ciudad del lago Baikal al anochecer, y ésta nos recibió con una temperatura de 12 °C en pleno verano; nuevamente la llegada fue tarde y así de nuevo no fue fácil conseguir una habitación. No es sorpresa que lo que primero hice en la mañana fue ir a la estación de trenes a asegurar el próximo boleto, y que lo segundo que hice fue visitar el famoso lago. En la estación utilicé el más amigable (o menos intimidante) centro de servicio (especial), quien atendía hablaba un diferencial de inglés y en ese momento decidí que ya bastaba...

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Aug 11, 2008 - Conquering Irkutsk

Dear Readers, First of all, Kara and I just wanted to point out that we saw the 400M men's freestyle relay just about 12 hours before all of you NBC watching viewers saw it. Sure, we watched the commentary in Russian, but as best we could tell, the Russian announcer is about as excited about Michael Phelps as anyone else is. Next, we are nowhere near Ossetia or Georgia and did not even know that there was fighting going on until an Italian in our train car told us. Every time we get into a train car, we think it is the beginning of a bad...

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Jul 28, 2008 - Irkutsk ... briefly!

Day 15 - Arrival in Irkutsk We arrived in Irkutsk this morning at 7:30. Our train trip was memorable, and our travel companion, Mikhail, spoke NO english! We had fun trying to communicate, and attempted to share some Screech in response to his Beer donation, but he said he did not like Rum :-) Also on board were two guys from the Netherlands, one from Israel, and one from the UK. We enjoyed good conversation, sharing Maple Syrup, and talking about the Netherlands. When we get to Amsterdam we hope the connect with one of the guys, and...

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Jun 17, 2008 - Ulaan Baatar - Irkutsk RUSSIA

The taxi I'd arranged the previous night at Dave's Place actually turned up on time and took me to the station without any rip-offs. The train was Russian and we had the 'best' provodnitsa ever. The provodnitsa is the person who looks after the carriage and She Must Be Obeyed. The train stopped opposite me and I jumped on to be told by the provodnitsa (complete with sour face) that she wasn't ready. I ignored that and dumped my stuff in the carriage. The train departed and she disappeared for a while, then reappeared in a dressing gown and...

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Chris's 2008 Jaunt

May 28, 2008 - Irkutsk

We arrived in Irkutsk in the afternoon and everyone raced to the showers. Irkutsk is called "the Paris of Siberia," I would call it another Soviet city. It does have some very charming wooden houses, but most are in serious disrepair. I went to see a Decemberist House--the Decemberists are the aristocratic rebels that protested the Czar and were subsequently banished to Siberia. After I went to the Regional Museum where I had a bit of a ticket issue. The guidebook said that tickets were 100 Rubles each, and the lady wanted to sell me two...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Irkutsk (Russia) - High heeled Leather Boots; Lamposts; Ice and Vodka!

Hi again folks and Welcome to Russia! This place is so cool, I love it alot! Lots of amazing looking girls walking around with knee high, high heeled leather boots and tight mini's or jeans. I have walked into so many lamposts it just aint funny anymore! Been here a few days now but have not had a chance to get on to an internet and when I did yesterday it kept kicking me off, think there was a blocker, which I have now managed to turn off, I think. I have so much to fill you in with that I wont have time now, but I'll try and give you a...

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Mar 28, 2008 - Flug nach Irkutsk

Flugstart war um 21.45 Uhr von Domodedovo aus mit der Fluggesellschaft S7. Ankunft in Irkutsk ist am Folgetag um 7:25 Uhr geplant. Der Flug war angenehm, allerdings hatten wir einen ziemlichen Schlafmangel zu beklagen. Im Flugzeug selber konnte ich nicht schlafen, vielleicht ne Stunde, mehr ging aber nicht. Nach 5 1/2 Stunden reiner Flugzeit sind wir puenktlich gelandet, aber ich war innerlich total durcheinander - eigentlich muede, aber durch die Helligkeit und Aufregung zu 100% wach. Was wir tagsueber erlebt haben, koennt ihr beim...

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Feb 15, 2008 - Irkutsk

Description I had no idea what to expect in Russia, and Irkutsk still surprised me. What struck me first was that EVERYONE wears fur, fur coats, fur hats, fur everything. It looks ridiculous. The second that struck me as I tried to navigate the city tram city to the bus station, was the extreme unfriendliness/hostility I felt from everyone. Nobody would help me, nobody would look at my map, they just turned away when I tried to talk to them. And then, suddenly, the woman standing next to me shouts "Get off! Get off here!". Sure enough, it...

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May 29, 2007 - Irkutsk - Russia

We got on the train in UB in the early evening and were happy to find out that our roommate was an Aussie guy named Ian. We were just starting to chat when two guys from Finland came to introduce themselves as they were only a couple of rooms down from us. Pretty soon the Vodka & beer came out. We were having a good time chatting & drinking when a guy in a uniform (that looked pretty unofficial) stopped by our car and told us (in very broken English) that he was a Mongolian Police Officer and that there was no drinking allowed on the train....

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