Monday, 4 June 2007

Itinery part 2 - Moscow to Ulaan Bataar

Right, where was I. Oh yes, Moscow. At 16:06, on the 20th of June we board a train from Moscow to Ekaterinburg, arriving in the next day at 17:45 Moscow time. That's right Moscow time. Although Russia is a large country and has several time zones, all trains are curiously dealt in Moscow time. Its clearly a clever ploy to confuse and annoy the westerners and to be honest it works. Our rather nice sounding 21:00 train suddenly becomes a less appealing 02:00 affair. Damn Ruskies.

Anyway, we stay in Ekaterinburg until the 24th of June, when we board a train to Novosibirsk. Then a sleeper train on the 27th to Krasnoyarsk. Then another sleeper train on the 30th, this time to Irkutsk. We stay in Irkutsk for one night before moving on to Lake Baikal, the deepest and oldest lake in the world. Knowing this is bound to help in future games at trivial pursuit against your gran so remember this and sock one to her. We are at Baikal till the 5th of July, when we return to Irkutsk before boarding another sleeper train to Ulaan Bataar, the capital of Mongolia, on the 6th. If you're thinking thats a lot of sleeper trains you'd of course be right. Sleeper trains mean you don't need a hotel or hostel. I'm the new Alvin Hall. No, not the chipmunk, the slightly famous money guy.

Next Mongolia and onwards, hopefully to be found in part 3...

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