The Angara is 1779 km long and is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal. Its source is the widest in the world, it does not freeze during the most severe Siberian winters (width - 863 m , maximum depth - 4.8 m, speed - 5.1 km/h). In the middle of the river, at its head, rises a rock cliff 1.5 m high protected by the state as a natural relic...more
Listvyanka is the site of the Limnological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It studies the lakes and man-made reservoirs of Siberia and the Russian Far East, with particular focus on Lake Baikal. The institute has a small but very interesting museum of the flora and fauna of Baikal and its region.more
It is quite fascinating how such a small village can bear so many bars. Of all the bars, we had seen there, the one in the Baikal Hotel was by far the best. The whole town seemed to have gathered there on that friday night. All the tourists, all the travel guides, all the young village crowd.The bottle of vodka (a mere 8 euros) was flowing along...more
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On our way thru the village we stopped on some kind of square. My friend wanted to buy a souvenir. I did not want to buy anything so I decided to just stroll around when I saw this beautiful lady. I got up to her and tried to start a conversation, and the next thing I knew I had bought some Russian dolls. I show interest for another of her craft, and Bang she sold me a painting. And like a gambler who just does not know how and when to stop I persisted buying her talismans, bears in Jade,.. I must of been the best client she had in the past months. But she had such a lovely smile that I could just not stop buying crafts from her. Hopefully, my friend managed to pull me out from the shopping spree.
What to buy: Jade crafts, talismans, paintings, dolls, and quite a large diversity of fish.
What to pay: Expect everythig to be negotiable.
A general beleif says that the purest water in the world is probably the one coming out of the Baikal. People actually just dig a hole in the ice in the winter and extract a bucket of water from it, or just go take their water from a well..
On one of our evenings in town, a group of young men came up to our table after midnight. They were insisted on us buying them a pizza! They were being quite direct about having it and were pleading that they were starving and had no money to get themselves one. Eventhought that story doesn't have a bad ending to it, you do realise that misery and...more
At the port, I came across a group of kids. I think kids make great models for pictures, and I wanted to take a shot at them. But for some reason they started running away. I chased them across the port, then along the beach, and after a 10 minutes chase all I got was that lousy picture.
Easter Siberia is a land of fierce weather conditions with temperatures rangng from -50C to the 40C in the summer time. The year we were there the temperature had dropped to -45C in the winter. Not surprisingly, even cats have needed to adapt to those conditions by growing a very long fur.more