|Posted by alexandraeverist on July 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM|
I took an early morning flight out of Yakutsk to Irkutsk. I found a really nice cab driver at the airport who drove me to the hostel. He even helped me up the four flights of stairs with my bags. My first excursion was to the Trans-Siberian railroad station to find the place where my father jumped the train. There appeared to be a newer warehouse where I believe some of the homes may have stood. But a couple of old homes still stood beyond the warehouse. I did take some pictures but I am having so much trouble posting, that some may need to wait until I get to Germany in a couple of weeks.
I then crossed the river to see the downtown area of Irkutsk. I even found an old Polish church. I went to visit it twice while I was in Irkutsk but it was not open either time. Close by was a Russian restaurant where I stopped for lunch. The young girl who served me, Daphne (14) had a very good knowledge of English. I am getting better at understanding the menu but I still do a lot of pointing. I told her she should get in touch with the Irkutsk Rotary. I had planned on going there the previous night but I was still so exhausted from the tour.