Day 65 - July 13 Irkutsk/Listvyanka Arrived in Irkutsk and checked into some hostel in the central area and went strolling through the town which is interesting and busy as every other city. The next day i went to Listvyanka, on the shore of Baikal using local transport which means vans that leave at random hours, usually when they are full, from places not easy to find. If you cannot speak a word of russian you will have a hard time getting around. Traveling with locals is always an interesting and revelatory experience as you meet the same varied characters, some cheery and talkative some gloomy and silent. I expected to find some old village with no much around but the place is animated by tourist although not that much as to spoil it. I don't think i have ever entered in such cold water before except in winter while it's below freezing outside. There were 25°C outside but when i entered the deep blue water i felt that all my bones are going to crack like an eggshell. After i came back and before going back to the train station to board for Moscow i walked through the central area. There a lot of old authentic wooden houses that i haven't seen before in a city. In the afternoon i started the four days train travel across the country with the final destination in Moscow Yaroslavsky station.