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September 25th 2007
Published: October 3rd 2007
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Sadly we said farewell to UB on the 18th Sept and boarded the train to go to Irkutsk and Listvyanka in Siberia, Russia. There was a lot of activity amongst the various traders in the carriages after we boarded. My cabin-mate was a Mongolian lady who was carrying numerous boxes filled with paper-wrapped packages. When I enquired what she had, she told me it was tea. After I had stowed my backpac... Read Full Entry

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Wooden Architecture MuseumWooden Architecture Museum
Wooden Architecture Museum

Wooden settler's cottage with a low door and small windows to keep the heat within.
Cabin berthCabin berth
Cabin berth

We were on the Number 9 train, which is the A1 train. Very comfy and clean.
Beer or Vodka?Beer or Vodka?
Beer or Vodka?

Our friendly restaurant car waitresses - Tatiana & Svetlana. Check out the huge hair. If you didn't know it you'd think you were in a drag show.

Filled with piping hot water for tea and pot noodles.

The group enjoyed some locally brewed Lake Baikal vodka for evening sundowners; and drank copious cups of tea provided by the provodnitsas (female carriage attendants) in these decorous silver tea glasses for 3 roubles each.
Platform shopPlatform shop
Platform shop

You can buy anything in these shops. Passengers mostly bought beer & cigarettes.
Platform vendorPlatform vendor
Platform vendor

This lady was selling cooked yabbies, salami's, and beer.
Another platform vendorAnother platform vendor
Another platform vendor

This one had a decent selection including chicken drumsticks and fruit.
Potato dumplingPotato dumpling
Potato dumpling

Delicious snack for 15 roubles (approx than A$0.60)
3rd class3rd class
3rd class

They really pack them in in 3rd class. There's no privacy unlike our cabins in 2nd class where you could at least shut the door and there were only 4 berths.
Scenery gazingScenery gazing
Scenery gazing

My cabin-mate Antonina passing the time
Siberian TaigaSiberian Taiga
Siberian Taiga

Marshy bogs & birch forests in the morning mist
Tiny platformTiny platform
Tiny platform

Paul, Ray, Julie & Maura stretching their legs on the smallest platform we encountered. We were very disappointed to find no snacks on this one.

3rd October 2007

Neat entry
Funny writing :) Keep more coming!
4th October 2007

Hi from NAB
Loving your latest installments Gus. Xmas party tentatively set for 7/12. See you then (assuming you do eventually come home!).

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