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Crossing the border from Russia to Mongolia

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

Roundup of the trip through the largest country in the world

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

Irkutsk and Listvyanka

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

Lake Baikal – four great days on Olkhon Island

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

Tomsk to Irkutsk – 1,5 days on the train through siberian Taiga

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