10.05.2014 - 10.05.2014 28 °C
Once known as the Paris of Siberia, it was also one of the coldest places on the Earth, though the global warming is rapidly changing this. I had to change my sweatshirt for a tshirt on one of the coldest places in Russia!
I am loving the city - all those wooden-coloured houses make such a pleasant view!
I have been walking and walking around the capital of Eastern Siberia, visiting locals of interest and enjoying its wide and refreshing gardens and squares. It's really a pleasant city to live in (in the Summer), just next to the Angara river, which drains Lake Baikal. In Winter, the climate is so harsh that people can't turn off the engine during the whole day! They don't need fridges either - pieces of meat and fish are hung outside from the top roofs!
A big difference here is the kindness and helpfulness of people - just the act of getting the map out of our bags makes a Irkutskian turn around and ask if we need help!
Tomorrow I am heading for Lake Baikal for a 2-day trip, before entering the Transsiberian again.
I'll dive for you!