Wicked Winterfrost

Baikal !

Posted in Russia, Trans-Siberian by talikas on June 8, 2009

baikal, katel ja lihakonservid

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We just came back from a fantastic 3-day hiking trip near Lake Baikal, that fully deserves its nickname the Fifth Ocean. The lake is so big that you can not see the other shore and has such clean and blue water that one can just drink it out from the lake. Baikal is the world’s deepest lake and becomes 2 cm deeper every year, so eventually, in the far far future, it will divide the whole Eurasian continent into two.

The three days spent on the shores of Baikal were wonderful and can be briefly described by such keywords as: Taltsy wooden architecture museum, hitchhiking with a 150 km/h driving Russian car, swimming in the +6 degree Baikal lake (bbbbbrrrrrrr… and drinking Saaremaa vodka to Baikal’s and our health), eating the endemic Baikal fish omul, hiking 25 km in steep mountains, getting lost, finding our way again, temperature changes from +25 to +4, hot sunshine and two days of cold rain, sleeping in a tent with no roof, freezing in our summer-sleepingbags, being wet allllll the time, being afraid of bears and Russian men, seeing real rural Siberian villages, a 2 hour boat trip on Baikal and Angara river, vodka tasting with other campers, etc. Now, after reaching Irkutsk and eating a big bowl of fresh cabbage soup, we are  so tired that we will just fall asleep. In 4 hours we will have to wake up to catch the 5 AM train to Ulan-Baator. Yey! Vive la vie!

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V2ike loodusnurk:
Meie matk kulges järskudest küngastest üles ja alla, säravrohelises Siberi taigas, söestunud puudega mäetippudel, Shotimaad meenutavatel udustel kaljudel ja kiviklibusel järverannal. Loodus Baikali ääres meenutab tugevalt Eestit, sest mets koosneb tuttavatest puudest nagu mänd, kask, kuusk, haab jne. Küllap oli see meelepete, aga Siberi taigas tundub rohi rohelisem kui kodus ja kogu loodus on kuidagi lopsakam. Ma pole küll eriline taimetark, aga tundsin ära kevadistelt mäenõlvadelt ja puudesalust vastu piiluvad tuttavad taimed nagu hiirhernes, tulikas, ülane, osi, sõnajalg, kellukesed, kullerkupp, nurmenukk, karukellad, võililled jne – tihtipeale on need Eestis levivate taimede bioloogilised paralleelvormid ja seega justkui väikese kiiksuga. Nii on ülasel ühe õie asemel viis, nurmenukk lillaõieline ja kullerkupp oranzh ning palju suurema nupuga (Siberi taiga endeemiline sharki). Samasugune sarnasus on ka Baikalis leiduva kala “sig” ja Eestis väga hinnatud siia vahel.

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