Goodbye Lenin

After catching some rain and snow (!) on the way back from Baikal we returned to Irkutsk for one day. It was enough time to buy the next day train ticket and have an evening walk in the city. The architecture of the city is definitely nice. There is lots of traditional Siberian style wooden […]

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Magical Olkhon Island

31 hours in the train from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk; 1 hour in Irkutsk to organize marshrutka, accommodation, cash from ATM and food; 7 hours in marshrutka including ferry ride, in total around 39 hours later we arrived to Olkhon Island or more precisely – to its main village called Khuzhir. The place is a starting point […]

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On the way to Baikal

The Trans- Siberian Railway starts in Moscow and only till Irkutsk it crosses 5 time zones through around 5000 km in 4 day nonstop ride. We broke this route down to get the new food supplies, stretch the legs and feel the daily life outside the train window by stopping in a few cities during […]

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Slow day in Suzdal

Before staring the journey towards Siberia, we decided to make one more stop – a day trip to Suzdal, reachable in 4 hours from Moscow. A bit too touristic but at the same time beautiful village was for us a perfect spot for the escape from the busy capital. Suzdal was bypassed by Trans-Siberian Railway […]

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Moscow

The fastest way to get here from Saint Petersburg is to travel by fast train called Sapsan (less than 4hrs). The totally opposite alternative is an overnight train in platzkart class (hostel carriage) that was chosen by us to get an extra day in St Petersburg and save up on accommodation, but first of all […]

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Venice of the North

Our first destination in Russia and also in our 7 month journey was Saint Petersburg called Venice of the North, in fact inspired by Amsterdam. Monumental palaces and magnificent cathedrals of the historic center broken up by dozens of canals and bridges, bustling streets with artists and tour operators on every corner, all these in the XVIII […]

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