Previously on Tokyo to Capetown… Here is our last update from Russia.
We arrived at the Rubtsovsk border crossing to the Kazakh town of Semey just before 9am with fears it could take hours to get through. Our concerns were superfluous.
Chuck’s travel notes on the journey between the Russian Altai Mountains and Kazakhstan… and his quest for King’s Ginger substitutes.
On the last leg of our Russian journey, we met a set of interesting characters, ranging from “church security” twins to a vodka drinking cop by the name of Nikolai.
Having encountered fellow adventurers Fabio and Cynthia in Siberia, we decided on a dangerous game of the King’s Cup… It could only have ended one way.
Irkutsk is a bustling city with great history and engaging architecture. But dare venture outside the centre and you will get lost in a maze of identical, randomly numbered blocks.
Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. It is also home to the Baikal seal, or Nerpa, and the delicious Baikal fish known as Omul.
Seven days. This is how long you need to drive from Khabarovsk to Lake Baikal. 3000km of farmland, open savanna plains and mountainous taiga forest.
If Vodka is available everywhere in Russia, the thirsty traveler can also find a huge array of beers as well a plethora of delicious nonetheless dangerous liqueurs known as “Balsaam”.
Chuck prepares a delicious transnational meal over the campfire with his new moustache, Fredrick.