Wicked Winterfrost

Baikal !

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

baikal, katel ja lihakonservid



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!

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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  1. Tiit said, on June 9, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Midagi pole öelda — Siberis näib internet täitsa töötavat. Müts maha.

    • talikas said, on June 21, 2009 at 3:35 am

      irkutskis on k6ik olemas :)

  2. Mickey said, on June 9, 2009 at 9:28 am

    “being afraid of bears and russian men”

    isn’t that the same…? kidding ;)

    It’s always so great to see that people can live things more ‘unbelievable’ in their lifes than in movies…

    Enjoy every minutes of it !

  3. isa said, on June 9, 2009 at 10:39 am

    “hitchhiking with a 150 km/h driving Russian car”

    probably,this car was restyled Fiat 124!

    • talikas said, on June 21, 2009 at 3:35 am

      i dont remember the car but it was rather scary :)

  4. Muff the Whistler said, on June 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    “It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” – Dave Barry. I wonder what Dave would say about Russian Bear-Men.

    More Joy to you!

  5. aaaartur said, on June 23, 2009 at 10:12 am

    dam suddenly so many posts

  6. talikas said, on June 24, 2009 at 3:39 am

    ma sain internetti l6puks… :)

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