After some great days in the Baikal region it was time to leave Russia.
As it turned out that my Graeme, my scottish roommate from Olkhon Island, was leaving Irkutsk on the same train as me, we decided to meet in front of the train station for having some beers together before our departure. What should happen then was one of the weirdest things I experienced so far. Continue reading Crossing the border from Russia to Mongolia
Before this trip I didn‘t know, what and how it‘s gonna be like. Originally I wanted to learn some Russian and also started with some lessions in Salzburg, but due to timing issues, I could only visit half of them. Also I‘ve heard some stories, that russians don‘t really know and foreign (european) languages. Continue reading Roundup of the trip through the largest country in the world
After some days traveling alone only meeting russians with speaking hardly any English, it was good to find some backpackers in Baikaler Hostel in Irkutsk again. Here I met also some Austrians, which I should meet also later on Olkhon Island as well. Here I recognized once more, that I have definitely no problem speaking English or Italian, but when you can speak in your own dialect, that‘s something completely different. Continue reading Irkutsk and Listvyanka
On Tuesday morning I got up quite early and travelled to Olkhon Island at Lake Baikal. After a six hour ride with a minibus and a short ride with a ferry, we arrived in Kruzhir, the main village on the island. The busdriver was driving like a maniac although streets were not always in the best condition. This was also one of the reason, why an older bavarian man was complaining all time long. When I told him that I‘m from Salzburg, I was supposed to be his new friend, but yeah… this was not the biggest pleasure for me. As he was staying in the same hostel, he should tell me later that he has been to Thailand as a sex tourist some 40 years ago,…. different story. Continue reading Lake Baikal – four great days on Olkhon Island
On Sunday evening I left Tomsk for my longest ride so far to Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia near lake Baikal, which should take 35 hours.
When I went to the bus station it started to snow., which seemed to be quite weird with having more then 30 degrees two days before. Nevertheless after one hour of waiting for the departure I entered the train which took me without any complications in 1,5 hours to the main train station in the middle of nowhere – Taiga. Continue reading Tomsk to Irkutsk – 1,5 days on the train through siberian Taiga
As already mentioned earlier I spent my last weekend in Tomsk. This detour from the mainroute of the transsiberian railway was definitely worth its time and money. So far this was the most quiet city where I’ve been to in Russia. 25% of the 500.000 people living there are students, hardly any police and the people were quite friendly. Continue reading Tomsk – Siberia’s oldest city
As I already wrote earlier, it was time for me to leave Ekaterinburg on Thursday evening towards Siberia. Destination of the journey should be Tomsk with a 10 hour stopover in Siberia’s capital Novosibirsk. Continue reading next Stop: Siberia
Per coincidence I found out some weeks ago, that Matt, a friend of mine, whom I knew from Vienna and Großgmain is now working in Yekaterinburg. So we were supposed to have a cityguide at least on the evenings. Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Ekaterinburg
This time the journey on the train was much less exciting than the one to Nizhny.
We found the right platform and jumped on the right train. This time it was the first time to spend a night in one of those famous 3rd class compartments (platzkartny) together with 54 other people. Continue reading heading into Asia
After getting rid of all the stress and noise we had in Moscow, it was quite a relief to be in a smaller city again. Nizhny Novgorod, population still over one million people, provided a small city center on a hill between the two bigger rivers Wolga and Oka. Continue reading between Oka and Wolga in Nizhny Novgorod