Irkutsk Travel Blog› entry 8 of 29 › view all entries
what can i say! we travelled from ekaterinberg on `the train of pain` for three days...it was so hot in the tiny carriages we all nearly fainted!
we had called it the train of pain before had because of the length of the journey but it lived up to its name...carl unfortunately had his fingers slammed in a train door and one of them is fractured. we had to wait two days to get off the train but we went staright to the hospital...(like something from the 1800s) where they put it in a cast. he then fell down the starirs an hour later and 2 hours after that hit his head on a metal post! he is ok though and in good spirits. its healing quickly and should be fine in 10 days to 2 weeks. the man said we didnt need to see the doctor again.
we made our way to listvyanka, a tiny village in siberia on the shores of lake baikal...a huge lake that contains a 5th of the worlds fresh water. we stayed with a little russian lady called ludemiller, who cooked us intersting food..some good, some bad, some ugly (fish soup with scales floating in it, lots of borscht but then lovely pancakes, cake and chicken).
we spent three days here, playing on the frozen lake, going to the little museum, having saunas and going husky dog riding with one of the worlds best teams. we also joined in a siberian spring festival..lots of dancing in circles on the ice. it was so beautiful with the lake frozen three metres thick as far as the eye could see, big mountains in the distance and lots of little wooden houses. it was about -15, but it really didnt feel too cold! i think i may be acclimatised, but more likely its because its not a wet cold. walking across the lake with the snow whipping up into your face was a bit chilly though! i thouched the water which means i add an extra year to my life.
we are in irkustk for the next day, before we make the 36 hour journey to ulaan bataar, where we head to the ger camp. it is all still so novel and we are not in the least tired...i think we are sleeping more than ever and eating like troopers!