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 :).
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! :)