Trans-Siberian Experience – Moscow to Beijing – HAVANA CLUB GAP YEAR
Day 9 / Irkutsk
I travel from Listvyanka village (Lake Baikal) to Irkutsk (70km) to take my overnight train to Ulan-Ude.
I spent 8 hours in Irkutsk; I had enough time to walk around and I even went to the movies (I wasn’t able to find a movie in English, so I watched it in Russian) It was a Tom Cruise movie; I didn’t understand anything, but he saved the world.
I took the train at 10 pm, a 7-hour train to Ulan-Ude. A city located next to Mongolia. I was sharing my cabin with three Russians, one of them started talking to me, he made his best effort to speak English, and he did well.
He works for the Russian railway company; he works spotting problems on iron parts of trains (it took us a while to be able to explain/understand this).
His name is Bato and he’s a really cool guy, really friendly and also really proud of the place he is from (Republic of Buryatia). We were talking for a while; he promised to come to Colombia one day, and all of a sudden he says, surprise!
He takes his working safety jacket from his backpack; he gets a marker and starts writing on it. He wrote: “For you Julian, Bato and Alexei forever. 16.06.2014, Republic of Buryatia (Russia)” he gave me his safety jacket as a present. Awesome!
This is the best thing that can happen to me while traveling, finding spontaneous people that are whiling to give the best from them, so a stranger like me, feels welcome and at home in a country far away from his.
Thank you Bato!
- Julián -