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Apr 21, 2007 - Itkutsk

Twee dagen in Irkutsk. De eerste dag niet zo veel bijzonders gedaan. Transfer van trein naar het guesthouse aan de rand van het Baikal meer, zo'n 75 km buiten Irkutsk en wat in de omgeving gewandeld. Het Baikal meer is trouwens het diepte zoet water meer ter wereld en bevat de grootste hoeveelheel zoet water. En dat is van grote kwaliteit en is zelf drinkbaar. Zaterdag, de tweede dag was erg goed. De mannen van de groep (inc mijzelf 3) en Kostja, de lokale city guide, zijn voor het ontbijt 45 gaan hardlopen, ik moet natuurlijk weel aan mijn...

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Apr 19, 2007 - Trein

Daar is ie dan, de Trans Siberie Express! Zondagavond om ca 11.50 uur is de trein vertrokken vanuit Moskou naar Irkutsk. 3 dagen en 4 nachten in de trein. In totaal ruim 76 uur! Een hele belevenis, maar waar het op neer komt is dit: - heel veel noedelsoep eten, en soms in de restuaratiewagon een paar vette aarappels en magere kip - een saai siberisch lanschap en heel veel moeras en kale bomen en dor gras (dat laatse natuurlijk omdat het het einde van de winter is en de lente nog niet begonnen) - veel te hete verwarming en geen ramen die...

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Dec 9, 2006 - From Russia With Love

The taxi to the station had an accident, the drivers arguing in the cold night while we felt our coach slipping away. Without a moment to spare, the train crept off for Siberia with us safely onboard. The border took 10 hours, for no apparent reason, and while we sit in the station the light fades, condemning most of the journey to darkness. But finally we were here, Siberia, the great white north of taiga and vodka. The first and only stop for us was in Irkutsk, the historic Cossack garrison and gateway to the far east of Russia which...

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Sep 27, 2006 - Train, train and guess what?!?! more TRAIN

Three days on a train. What is there to do?? For the first evening everything was new and exciting. Everyone having a couple of beers or vodka before settling down for the evening. The second day involved shaving Paul's head into the a Friar Tuck style and having him get painted up as a clown! I decided that reading one of the many books I brought and writing in my travel journal was the order of the day! Watched all the landscape go by, really reminded me of Canada (more specifically Manitoba) as it was fairly flat with trees and large...

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Sep 9, 2006 - To Irkutsk on the Trans Siberian railway

A classic journey spanning 4 nights and three days, the longest I am ever likely to spend on a train. I think the total distance covered was around 5000 miles, but don't quote me, but what I can say for sure is that it was a LONG old way. I can say that there was never a moment when I wasn't enjoying it though and it was actually very comfortable compared to some of the rough seats I slept in on overnight journeys in Europe. Well, the toilet stank a bit but it wasn't so bad.... In the four bunk compartment I shared my living space with...

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Sep 7, 2006 - The Polar Bear Finds Her Cheese

Russia Holy shit it's snowing outside! Well, I guess it is Siberia. But it's only early September! What the hell! This has got to be a record, or something, for going from hot to cold. Only 1 short month ago we were sweating it out at 36 degrees in Hanoi, and now here we are on the shores of Lake Baikal waking up to freshly fallen snow while looking out the window of our toasty Siberian chalet. Now all that heavy warm clothing we are lugging around with us suddenly makes a whole lot of sense. The rail journey from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk was...

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Aug 30, 2006 - Baikal

Mit einem Tragflächenboot fahren wir über den Angara nach Listvianka am Baikalsee. Von dort geht's zu Fuß nach Bolshaya Kolokolnya, ein kleines Dorf am Baikal das nicht mit Auto erreichbar ist. Dort verbringen wir die Nacht ehe wir uns wieder auf den langen Rückweg machen, der uns jedoch mit unzähligen Eindrücken von der Perle Sibiriens belohnt.

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Asia Tour 2006

Aug 28, 2006 - Irkutsk

In Irkutsk wohnen wir bei der lieben Irina, die kein Wort von dem versteht was wir ihr sagen, doch das beruht auf Gegenseitigkeit ;-) Hier im tiefsten Sibirien ticken die Uhren schon etwas langsamer, doch das Tor zum Baikal ist nicht wirklich einladend...

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Asia Tour 2006

Aug 8, 2006 - End of Buryat Republi and we reach Lake Baikal.

We awake this morning with fog over the forest in the Zaganskiy range of mountains in the Buryatiya Repuyblic. At 10:00 pm local time we pulled into the Ulan Ude station. Ulan Ude is the changing point for the Trans-Mongolian Train to China, a very popular route. This train goes through Mongolia to Bejing to China. During this segment of our train trip we shared our berth with a 69 year-old Russian. From the little language we shared in common we understood him to be an engineer. He was very friendly and just kept talking to us in Russian....

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Jul 21, 2006 - Trans-mongolian

We started our journey across asia, in one bold swoop, from Moscow to Beijing. The train was quite comfortable, we were roomed with a pair of swedes(Ida and David) how were doing the whole trip as well. Each carrage was assigned 2 conductors that would keep it clean and bring us coffee if we wanted. And a couple times a day the train would stop long enough for us to get out and buy some goodies from the local people along the way. We had to change trains though at Irkutst to a Chinese train, before we contined on. Can't forget to mention...

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Jun 23, 2006 - Irkutsk: Statuesque

Our fears of a KGB style interrogation at the Russian border were unrealised as we were presented with quite a pleasant chap in an oversized hat and no problems. However, our English/Swedish father/daughter neighbours on the train had faced the prospect of a 10 dollar fine at the Mongolian border for allegedly drinking half a small bottle of vodka. In Oscar Schindler style, Christopher asked for the guard's name and number and the 'offence' was quickly overlooked. The irony of this whole episode is that you would be rightly fooled into...

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Jun 3, 2006 - Irkutsk, Russia

We have arrived at the middle of the night and tried to find accommodation, eventually staying overnight at the Hotel Selena, an incredible dive, that is a multi sorey building, with NO HOT WATER! They didnt even have a kettle in the room. So we moved the next day to Baikal Hostel where we are now. We have been here for a couple of days and will go to Moscow by train on Tuesday night. The view of Lake Baikal on the train on the way was fabulous, a really big lake in Russia. It still had chunks of ice floating on it, and on the otherside...

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