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Six Time Zones in Six Days: The Trans-Mongolian Train

Four months ago, I didn’t think I’d be here. I thought all hopes of getting back to Europe via the Trans-Mongolian had been dashed. When I planned my round the world trip, the agency told me I could apply for my Russian visa on the road. 1,009 more words

Irkutsk (August 27)

Summer is now a distant memory – we had our first snow at the end of September, and temperatures at or below freezing for a few weeks now. 579 more words

Boggy Roots Hold Tight

Mornings came early. We reluctantly emerged from our sleeping bags, quickly trying to replicate their warmth by pulling on jackets and hats. Then, unzipping the tent and brushing against the dew, we emerged into the chilly Siberian day, still a shadowy grey under the trees. 901 more words


Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island

Irkutsk 13th October:

We arrived into Irkutsk station around 9 am stinking like a rat’s sports vest. We’d been on the train for 3 nights and sans shower for 5 days in total. 1,593 more words


Yakutsk - Irkutsk (Late August)

I had two weeks off between the summer term and the beginning of the regular academic year in September, so I wanted to take the opportunity to see more of Siberia. 1,425 more words

A Day trip to the Lake Baikal

I arrived at 4 am to Ulan Ude after a horrible night on the train (I was so worried to miss my stop). Greeted by darkness, a couple of illuminated trains and the 4 meters big head of Lenin. 301 more words

Lake Baikal

Volunteering Abroad: How to Make Sure You're Actually Helping

Volunteering abroad can be a wonderful experience –you get to travel and do some good for the world at the same time. Win/win, right? Unfortunately, not always. 122 more words