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Day 10

Hanging out with the boys

sunny -9 °C
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Our new friends offer to pick us up from our Hotel to transport us to Irkutsk with them and their lovely guide Maria. We eat too much at breakfast with the promise to eat nothing till dinner and grab a couple of yoghurts for the train.

We pop our luggage into the lockers at the station and wander around the pretty town with Maria leading the way. Lovely old timber buildings with shutters on the windows and painted soft pastel blues and greens line the streets.


Many old timber buildings were burnt down in fires in 1879 that destroyed three quarters of the city and the Soviets demolished all churches as no one was permitted to practice religion. Many a heritage building was replaced with not so beautiful architecture, much to the disgust of Maria and her Architect friends, she plans to publish post cards with photos of the original building next to the new.


We stop at a cute cafe to enjoy pizzas for the hungry ones and sample some local beer. Lyn has taken on vodka appreciation with enthusiasm and has a chaser with her beer.

Maria takes us to the supermarket and assists us to choose supplies for the train journey. We sadly discover the boys are on a different train for the next leg of the trip so we agree to meet up in Moscow.

We depart and catch a taxi to the station, as we enter we meet up with the Canadians. It’s great how we keep stumbling across other travellers doing the journey and compare our experiences.

This new train is very modern with the carriage attendant taking our order for dinner and providing us with our travel kits containing the necessities like chocolate, tea, slippers, shoe horn and boot polishing sponge. Gee thank heavens for the shoe horn I was worried sick how I was going to manage.

The small compartments make perfect storage and displays for me to set up the snack and coffee bar of which Lyn must make purchases from me.


Posted by DebandLyn 23:11 Archived in Russia

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