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Saratov on the Volga

Saratov on the Volga

We only stopped at Saratov to take the train to Almaty, leaving from Saratov station every other day on its crazy-long more than 60 hours (!!) journey. To prepare ourselves mentally for that, and to relax after the 12 hour train ride from Moscow we decided to stay for three days.  What is there to say about Saratov? It’s definetly off the beaten path. No one speaks English here, not in our Hotel Polina, nor anywhere else really. But that’s…

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Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

  So I thought our trip across the United States by bus was a pretty long journey. Then we did this. In a nutshell: 7826 Kilometers, 5 journeys between 22 and 32 hours each, roundabout 140 hours spent on the train in total, three different countries and cultures, six cities to explore.   The Trains Old at first sight, but mostly clean and nice. The Russian trains were always heated, and most of the time quite hot. So best to wear a…

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Gateway to Baikal: Irkutsk and Listvyanka

Gateway to Baikal: Irkutsk and Listvyanka

  After our adventure in die Siberian wilderness along the Baikal Lake we had a couple of relaxing days in Listvyanka, a small and – at least at this time of the year –  bit sleepy village on the shore of the lake. Great for fresh fish and strolling along the shore. It’s nice, but one day is absolutely enough to explore it. A few pics:   So we decided to go back to Irkutsk the next day. When we arrived in Irkutsk…

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Into the Wild: Our autumn Baikal Adventure

Into the Wild: Our autumn Baikal Adventure

The short version : A great and exciting trip with Anton our guide, thank’s Anton!   The longer Version : So after that cultural shock in Novosibirsk we had booked a tour to the Baikal lake to get back to nature. Just the thing we needed. The train ride to Irkutsk was our longest so far – 31 hours. We started at six in the morning and arrived at three in the afternoon the next day. But it wasn’t so…

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