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  • Day13

    Eine Zugfahrt die ist lustig...

    October 20, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    2 Tage, 5 Stunden, 33 Minuten und ca. 3.433 km sowie zwei Zeitzonen weiter...
    Heute morgen bin ich nach einer lustigen Zugfahrt in Irkutsk angekommen. Zum Glück konnte ich früher Einchecken und noch ein kleines Nickerchen machen 😊
    Die dennoch lange Zugfahrt ging recht schnell vorbei. Die Zeit vertrieb ich mir auf unterschiedlichste Weise. Einfach mal aus dem Fenster schauen, manchmal mit Händen und Füßen versuchen mit den wechselnden Menschen ein Gespräch zu führen, lesen, schlafen, essen oder sich an einem längeren Stopp am Bahnsteig die Beine vertreten.
    Die nächsten Tage werde ich erst einmal in Irkutsk verbringen bevor ich Russland verlasse und es in die Mongolei geht.
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    Markus Dung

    Was ist das denn ? Kaffeemaschine?? 😁😁

  • Day24

    Rückfahrt nach Irkutsk

    September 24, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Außer Rückfahrt, Ankunft im Hostel, Wäsche waschen und Abendessen gibt es für diesen Tag nicht viel zu erzählen...

    Auf der Fahrt haben wir einen kurzen Stopp gemacht und dort haben wir ein buntes und künstlich schmeckendes Eis gegessen... Ein Unicornetto ☺️

    Zum Abendessen gab es mal wieder leckeres russische Gerichte 😊 (in einem Sovjetstyle Restaurant. Neu war für uns die Suppe Rassolnik. Sehr lecker war auch der Tee. Leider haben wir mal wieder vergessen Bilder vom Essen zu machen... 🙄)
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    Daniela Horvat


    Daniela Horvat


    Stefanie Riedl

    Blöde Frage, ist das für eine Person oder für zwei? Kann das anhand des Bildes nicht so recht einschätzen...🤔

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  • Day20


    September 20, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Mal wieder kamen wir morgens in der Stadt an. Nach Bezug der Unterkunft sind zur Besichtigung der Stadt aufgebrochen. Dafür haben wir uns entschieden an einer Free Walking Tour teilzunehmen. Unser Tourguide Mary hat wirklich eine super Tour gemacht, auch wenn es manchmal schwierig war sie zu verstehen. Doch sie hat uns viele interessante Dinge aus Ihrem Leben und der Russen erzählt. So z.B über den Zweiten Weltkrieg, den großen Einfluss der Deutschen (daher gibt es auch einige deutsche Wörter im Russischen) und über das Leben jetzt, z.B. dass sie als Lehrerin nur 300 € verdient. Sie hat uns erzählt, dass Sie die Touren auch macht um ihr Englisch zu verbessern. Viele Russen können kein Englisch, obwohl sie es in der Schule lernen. Grund dafür sind wohl der schlechte Unterricht und die Tatsache, dass sie englisch nicht wirklich brauchen bzw. denken es nicht zu brauchen.
    Zum Abschluss der Tour waren wir auf dem Zentralmarkt und haben typische sibirische Produkte, wie Baumharzkaugummi, mongolische Stiefel, Omul (Fisch aus dem Baikalsee) usw. angeschaut und teilweise probiert.
    Danach haben wir uns dann mit Lukas zum Mittagessen getroffen. Es gab Posi (mongolische Teigtaschen), Pelmeni und Suppen. Danach haben wir den Rest des Tages mit Sightseeing verbracht.
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    Stefanie Riedl

    Geil 😁😁😁

    Julia Roßberg

    😂 Sehr geil

    Bettina Horvat

    Hammer 😂

  • Day18

    Irkutsk - Ein erster Eindruck

    January 13, 2020 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ -15 °C

    Heute ging es mit dem Minibus von Listwjanka nach Irkutsk. Für 70 km haben wir pro Person ca. 2,70€ bezahlt.

    Unser Hostel hier in Irkutsk ist klasse. Es ist super ausgestattet, blitzsauber und das Personal ist sehr freundlich.

    Nachmittags haben wir einen ersten kleinen Spaziergang durch Irkutsk gemacht. Wir waren in der Markthalle in der es alles von Gemüse, Fleisch, Fisch bis Käse gab. Anschließend sind wir an den alten Holzhäusern vorbei geschlendert. Viele wurden/werden renoviert. Ein paar sahen jedoch auch sehr verfallen aus. Insgesamt ist Irkutsk eine sehr lebendige Stadt mit vielen schönen Ecken. Besonders am Flussufer des Angara herrscht eine tolle Atmosphäre. Aufgrund des großen Temperaturunterschiedes zwischen Wasser und Luft bildete sich nach Sonnenuntergang sehr schnell Nebel über dem Fluss.

    Abends waren wir sehr günstig und lecker essen. Es gab Buuzi, Tscheburek und Lagman Suppe.
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    Cheburek ist doch lecker, nicht wahr?


    Sehr lecker!

  • Day15

    Walk through the forest

    September 9, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    On Sunday we enjoyed a few hours hike up to a 400 metre hilltop to get a view over the Village, led by our guide Ksenia. We have been so lucky with the weather on this trip and today was beautiful and sunny for us once again.

    We left our guest home and within a few yards we were joined by two identical Village dogs who decided that it would be good fun to tag along, which they did for the rest of the morning. Sometimes they were by our side and other times they disappeared for a while then came belting up behind us or had overtaken us out of our sight and came hurtling back towards us. It was a lovely walk through fir and silver birch forests. Nothing too strenuous but plenty of fresh air and it was good to give our limbs a decent stretch before another home cooked meal.
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    DP - Love that guy by the train with the zipped down tracky top, a real quality chap!!

    Danuta Joyce


    Kate Townley

    Looks amazing! 😊


    Looks like you have adopted. The dog.

  • Day14


    June 21, 2017 in Russia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    I survived the 48 hour train trip from Ykaterinburg and arrived in Irkutsk promptly at 7.18am. Took an extremely old rackety tram No. 1 to my hotel just outside the city centre (20p ride). Although I was very early, I breakfasted in the hotel by which time my room was ready. It is a lovely comfortable hotel with free wifi. I asked to get some laundry done, and it was back in my room washed and ironed by the time I came back later in the day. It definitely helps to travel light.

    Irkutsk is a popular stopping-off point on the Trans Siberian due to its proximity to Lake Baikal. It is a big, spread out city and I did a lot of walking. To be honest I found it a bit soulless and not as attractive as Ykaterinburg. A unique feature of the central area however is that there remains a significant number of wooden houses from the 19th century with beautiful carvings on the eaves and windows, and some beautiful churches (apparently the most beautiful, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan was demolished to make way for the ugly bulk of the Soviet HQ).

    Although I am now in central Siberia you would never know it - it was 33 degrees today - and after me packing my fur hat, great coat and winter boots!

    To get some respite from the heat, I visited the city Art Gallery (not memorable), and a museum of wooden houses dedicated to the story of the Decembrists, a group of nobles involved in the unsuccessful coup against the Tsar in 1825, and who were sent into exile in Siberia to do hard labour. Interesting story and exhibits.

    For dinner, I went to a nostalgia themed Russian restaurant, and enjoyed some delicious local food - great after two days of British Rail type catering. Well, off to bed early - Lake Baikal awaits tomorrow...
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    Jennifer McDonough

    Beautiful details

    Jan Higgins

    Looks Fab enjoy.I

  • Day15

    Beautiful Lake Baikal

    June 22, 2017 in Russia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Today's visit to Lake Baikal has been one of the highlights of the trip so far. An early start and one hour on the bus from Irkutsk, following the River Angara, brought me to this wonderful place. Lake Baikal is the world's deepest lake, and contains 20% of the world’s freshwater supplies If all the rest of the world’s drinking water ran out tomorrow, Lake Baikal could supply the entire population of the planet for the next 40 years! Known as the Blue Eye of Siberia, it can apparently be seen from space.

    The main town, Listvyanka, is a bit touristy as you might expect. I joined in some of the tourist fun and enjoyed a show at the Nerpinarium by Lake Baikal’s famous freshwater seals. Not exactly Sea World, but the kids, and this adult, enjoyed their performance. I had a lovely walk in the sunshine along the front, and found a nice restaurant where I dined on fresh Omul, a fish only found in Lake Baikal, baked with cheese and potatoes - lovely (and I’m no’ a fish haun). A highlight however was going on a short boat trip to experience part of the lake. Again the weather hot and sunny, and it was a pleasure to feel some breeze about you and admire the beautiful scenery.

    Back safely in Irkutsk, no thanks to the marshrutka driver, who insisted I sat in the front of his packed minibus, while he drank coffee, smoked, ate his lunch, used his mobile phone, played loud Russian ballads which he sang along with, while driving at breakneck speed. When he stopped to pick up more passengers, an old woman got in the front beside me and I signalled to him that I couldn't find the seat belt - he dismissed me with a wave indicating I didn't need it - and I noticed he wasn't wearing one either!

    Once back in the city I had a walk round the extensive market. Although it was late afternoon it was still thriving with a huge selection of fish, fruit and veg, meat and bakery items. I decided to stock up on goods to get ready for tomorrow’s marathon train journey - 3.5 days to Vladivostok! As I probably won't have wifi on the train you may not hear from me for a while. What's that you say - thank goodness?
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    Ken Christie

    Robert what an experience. Enjoy the next few train days to Vladivostok.

    Robert Fyfe

    Thanks, Ken. Can't believe it's been 2 weeks already!

    Christine Hughes

    Great blog Bobo. Hope the next 3.5 days are enjoyable for you and we look forward to getting an update when you are able to do so. X

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  • Day42


    October 1, 2016 in Russia ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Gestern war "Waschtag"!
    Wir wuschen wie wild drauf los, bemerkten jedoch erst später, dass wir auch noch trockene Kleider zum Anziehen bräuchten... Das Resultat seht ihr in den Bildern 😁 Trotzdem konnten wir Irkutsk besichtigen, auch wenn wir einige schräge Blicke ertragen mussten. Da wir ja ca. 8'000km von zu Hause entfernt sind, war uns das aber ziemlich egal 🙈
    Wenn man sich die Temperatur-Tabelle von Irkutsk ansieht, würde man nicht denken, dass hier in dieser Stadt trotz den extremen Temperaturschwankungen rund 600'000 Leute leben... 💂🏼‍♀️❄️
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    Nicole und Simon

    Sexy 😂😂

    Adelheid Karlen

    Sexy Hosen habt ihr an😂😂😂

    David Studer

    Super Foto Naschis Arbeit mit dier im Spiegel. "Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, wer wäscht die Wäsxhe am Besten im ganzen Land😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  • Day16

    One night in Irkutsk

    September 10, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    So we had an afternoon and one night in Irkutsk on Monday before we left Russia for Mongolia. This city of 600,000 people is the Capital of it’s Region and is the furthest City to the East in Siberia. Ksenia gave us a 2 hour tour of the City and there are some photos from our walk below.

    In the evening we decided that after two nights of dumplings and soup at the farm house we needed a solid ‘normal’ evening out so we decided to walk 5 minutes from our hotel to what is called the Irkutsk ‘Trendy Quarter’! Harat’s Irish Pub was our venue and we thoroughly enjoyed Beef Burritos, Fries and Harat’s own brews, Stout for John and Lager for Janet, served by a couple of very friendly, highly tattooed Russian barmen. Retiring for a night in a comfortable bed in our very nice hotel we were ready for the Trans-Mongolian on Tuesday morning.
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    Danuta Joyce

    Yaks here we come!!

    John East

    How does Janet feel about “living with a symbol “ ?

    Alistair Penny

    Bloody hell - they serve Harp in Siberia

  • Day27

    Yekaterinburg plus

    September 12, 2019 in Russia ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    This post comes from train number 100, Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk, travel time 53 hours, local time at destination three hours ahead of departure.

    We hopped on this train in Yekaterinburg, after a couple of days looking around. Yekaterinburg is a bit dour and dusty; the cars and in particular the 1960’s (or prior) buses, trolley buses and trams haven’t seen any soap and water for many a year.

    It is, however attractive around Istorichesky Skyver, the parkland around the expansive City Pond, and we enjoyed walking around, following a red line painted on the pavement joining the attractions.

    The handsome Church Upon the Blood marks the spot where the last of the Russian Royal Family - the Romanovs - were rather cruelly done in by the Bolsheviks, and the city was, of course, the birthplace of Boris Yeltsin.

    We rode up 52 floors to the viewing platform of the Vysotsky Tower, and enjoyed the views to all ends of the city from there, but in truth it was really just a big city without a lot to see.

    We checked out of the pleasant Marins Park Hotel, with their free laundry service, and wandered over to the station to catch our next train. Due to some flaw in the system the Brickwoods actually checked out with still-damp laundry, which they proceeded to hang all around their compartment Chinese laundry style.

    It was our third overnight train, so we were familiar with having people speak in Russian to us and send us on our way without knowing what on earth they were talking about or asking us to do.

    We had smuggled some wine and beer on board, but naturally this was gone pretty quick smart, so from then we had cause to use the dining car, and that was quite interesting.

    Not interesting for the food, perhaps, which would best be described as nourishing and rather bland (the sort you should have when sharing two toilets between 36 people, in fact) but eating out is all about the experience, after all.

    We walked in for lunch, and a waitress with a set of metal front teeth to rival Jaws from the James Bond films plonked down a couple of wrinkled old menus and stood with her pen poised.

    There was English on the menu, but it didn’t help really, as almost everything we pointed to she shook her head and said “Nyet”. For dinner we ordered three pork somethings and one chicken, and got two of each.

    We ordered a bottle of wine, which arrived sans glasses, and every time we ventured up to tell someone they shooed us away. Then when you picked up your glass to have a drink the carriage would get up such a shimmy shake that you nearly lost all of it anyway.

    At dinner time the dining car was a bit rowdy. It’s a requirement that you eat, so two funny young guys opposite were having a meal of potato crisps, washed down with endless beers to which they were adding some kind of mystery hooch. They were actually very friendly, if completely pissed, and we had a long and unintelligible conversation with them. They took one look at Don then used (probably) their only English word - Santa!

    In fact, a few other people used the expression Santa when we left the train. Despite being completely innocuous and keeping entirely to ourselves (as indeed did most of our fellow passengers) we (or at least Don) had apparently made an impression. We were even given gifts by some of them.

    At the next table were two older guys, already red eyed and staggering, settling down to lose a few more days with a freshly opened bottle of vodka.

    Kim and Sharon asked to have their photo taken with the provodnista, who had been exceptionally friendly the whole way and insisted on putting her whole uniform on for the photo.

    The scenery was amazing, particularly if you are partial to trees. Trees when you have lunch, trees when it gets dark, trees when you wake up. Trees when you wake up the following day. Winter comes early and hard so the leaves were already turning quite beautiful shades of yellow with the odd patch of red.

    We slept pretty well, and our accommodation was quite adequate, but we are still looking forward to our next stop in Irkutsk, where we will no doubt be swaying for a day or so until we regain our land legs.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Irkutsk, イルクーツク