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Circum Baikal Back on the Move

Polovinnaya - Maritui - Kultuk - Slyudanka under a changing weather.

semi-overcast 18 °C

Circum Baikal, July 31st 2014

For one final look, for one final shot, towards Polovinnaya. Click. I stared at the result on my preview screen. Where's the horizon? The sky and the lake have been stitched by white clouds into one sheet.

But the lake maintained her blue skirt...

... and her clear face.

Whatever comes ahead, as long as we are together...

... through bad or worse ...

... even into the darkness of a tunnel ...


... we'll come out.

How would you picture this in winter?

You are still coming along, aren't you?

And the rain began to pour, hitting Lake Baikal real hard. I walked to the canteen finding something that might go well with a cup of hot coffee. Ah. Pizza. 100 RUB. Not bad. Back to my seat, I prepared myself a train picnic. First, get hot water from the thermos provided in each car. You just look around at every table and help yourself. There's no certain place for thermos to stand. The train attendant usually lays it on the table nearest to the door. And then the thermos will travel from table to table. If the thermos in your cart is empty, go to your neighboring cart. If that one too is empty, go to the next next neighboring cart. That was what happened with me. Then I filled my instant potato puree cup. Slurp! I missed that terribly when I was in Mongolia.

Done with appetizer, I wiped clean the potato cup, and transformed it into a coffee cup. Looks rather awkward, I know. Well, the Uyghur Chinese people in the Western China use to drink tea from bowls which to me are soup bowls -- not cups! So, why can't I drink coffee from a giant cup? Together with Russian coffee, I savored my 100 ruble pizza. Isn't life beautiful? Tummy filled, time for a nap.

Half an hour later I woke up and gave thanks to the Lord for granting me blue sky and sunshine right when I needed it. The sky could have been like this since morning, but it wasn't at all. You have seen my previous posts, haven't you? What a total opposite to this view, right? What did I do to create a blue sky? Nothing.

Kultuk Railway Station, recovering from recent rainstorm.

What do you think this building is?

Oopps! Did you stray away or did your master forget to pick you up from the fields. Poor guy.

Hey, hey!! That's my favorite pink wildflowers!

For a moment, I was stunned. It was almost too late for a click. May I assure you, the reality was twice, thrice, this!!

Yay!! In Slyudyanka we have arrived!! 18 degrees. Although sun has reappeared, temperature's going to fall from now. See you in next post ! We have gotten 20 minutes break here.

Posted by automidori 01:27 Archived in Russia Tagged train lake russia siberia circum_baikal railroad_tour polovinnaya maritui kultuk slyudyanka

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You have such lovely photos. I always planned to go to Baikal in next few years, but I think I'll move those plans forward. I really want to see these places myself.

by Saioko

Thank you, Katya!

Sure you MUST visit Baikal. However, this is common thing. My Russian friend knows more about the places in Indonesia. When I read his journal and view his photos of my country, my jaws dropped. I have never seen those places! Some of them I have never even heard about. Same thing with the Japanese expats at my office. They can tell me more about Eastern Indonesia. But sometimes, on the contrary, I can tell them about the places I have traveled in Japan which they have never been to. With our home country we tend to feel subconciously like we have the whole time to explore -- so it can wait :D

by automidori

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