Thursday, June 30, 2005

Earth Girls are Easy

Irkutsk, Russia

I woke up this "morning" at 1pm. We went out last night looking for trouble. We found it in the form of two Irkutskian girls hanging out in the park: Kate and Nastia. They took us on a whirlwind tour of nighttime Irkutsk. We sang Karaoke, drank vodka and orange juice and Russian beer, walked the streets setting fire to the summer snow, sat in parks, strolled down to the River Angara, and generally had a grand old time despite the formidable language barrier. We ended up back at our hotel at 4am, way drunker than we should have been. They walked themselves home.

We had originally planned to go to Lake Baikal today, but it was not to be. By the time we were organized and out the door, it was already 3pm. There was no way we would be able to get to the Lake and back in time. So, we just spent the day walking around Irkutsk, and had a nice hangover-y midday supper at the Disco Cafe. We ended up at a large indoor market where we bought all the food supplies we will need for our upcoming three-day train trip to Vladivostok.
We're leaving tomorrow, early in the 'morn.

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