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
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.
SamovarFilled with piping hot water for tea and pot noodles.
DrinksThe 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 shopYou can buy anything in these shops. Passengers mostly bought beer & cigarettes.