Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Ulan Ude

After a very smelly trainride (I guess we got a little spoiled with all the new trains we’ve been riding on ;)) we arrived in Irkutsk at the 23rd of August. We were all a bit tired and cold, so we spent the day just wondering around and having lots of food and coffee :). We did get a nice first look at the wooden houses of Irkutsk:

The next day we took a mini bus to Listvyanka, a small town on the shores of Lake Baikal. The ride was a bit shacky, but gave us a great look at the endless Siberian pine and birch forests…so beautiful! Listvyanka itself wasn’t that great, but the lake was truly amazing: It is about as big as Belgium and is the deepest lake in the world! We took a little boat tour and also visited a farm which had around 60 dogs with which they do races on the lake when it’s frozen over in the winter :).

Waiting for a bus in the middle of nowhere (which came surprisingly fast ;))

The next day we woke up to a hot sunny day and decided to check out the lovely city of Irkutsk. They (like many other cities in Siberia) have painted a green line on the sidewalks which takes you past the highlights of the city. Great idea if you ask me! :)

…..and back on the train for an 8 hour ride (60 km/h :|) pastLake Baikal to our last stop in Russia: Ulan Ude!

And from this giant Lenin head in Ulan Ude we wave goodbye to Russia and hello to Mongolia! Very excited to see what the next part of our journey has to offer :)


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