A day at Lake Baikal – fifth stop on the Trans Mongolia train journey from Russia to Mongolia

Lake Baikal is the world’s largest lake and completely freezes over in winter, creating a playground for locals and tourists alike A day trip from Irkutsk is a highlight for travellers planning a Trans Mongolia trip We arrived into Irkutsk at 8.24am after fifty-six hours on the train from Yekaterinburg. That was three nights and…… Continue reading A day at Lake Baikal – fifth stop on the Trans Mongolia train journey from Russia to Mongolia

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Yeltsin memorabilia, a business lunch and precious jewels in Ekaterinburg – fourth stop on the Trans Mongolia train across Russia

How to spend a day in Yekaterinburg, home to the site of the assassination of the last Royal family and the modern Boris Yeltsin Centre Ekaterinburg may be Russia’s fourth largest city, giving assumptions of a noisy, polluted metropolis but we were very impressed with this pretty city. Easy to navigate and with most sights…… Continue reading Yeltsin memorabilia, a business lunch and precious jewels in Ekaterinburg – fourth stop on the Trans Mongolia train across Russia

Travel tips for backpacking Russia – when you don’t speak a word of Russian

First-time in Russia? Travel survival tips for backpackers and travellers in Russia I have to admit to being a little apprehensive about travelling in Russia, despite having been to over seventy countries now. I did a lot more research than I would normally do, although admittedly most of that was about the weather and exactly…… Continue reading Travel tips for backpacking Russia – when you don’t speak a word of Russian