20-22th of Mai: One Day ago you just got some beautiful pictures from Селенга river. Well, before we were driving through a more open landscape than before. There is no more dense forest to the left and right and it feels wide and open with a blue sky and sometimes some clouds looking like "sugar foam". We were crossing rivers and colourful marsh and small areas of mixed forest. It almost looks like autumn although it is spring. Sometimes there are small grey village with some factory. If you want to buy something there you have to go in the Магазин. Here you can get mostly canned food. Corn from
After I was not so drunken anymore we went to Селенга river driving some dirt roads through the hills between Улан Уде and the river just navigating by GPS. Finally we were driving from the hills into the overwhelming Селенга river valley. Sleeping at N 51.693 °, E 107.41726°
23th of Mai: In the morning starting from Селенга (
My mother told me that the monks in this temple are expert in Tibetan medicine which is here actually a mix of Buriat knowledge that is older than the Buddhism and the Tibetan medicine. She said we should check our health their (:). Well why not but how to ask in Russian. Finally we found out in which house does the "medicine man" lives. He was at lunch, but another monk showed up and invited us in his house asking why we actually want to check or health or if we have some kind of problem. Well I could not just say it is because of my mother (:). Anyway basically we were talking which was quite interesting. We can find the same problems everywhere in the world. He was complaining that all young people leave the villages and want to go in the cities were a natural good live is impossible, actually he want to bring the people back in his village or even inviting foreigners especially Japanese (because they make good cars (:) he say) to build up the village again. He also feels sad about this development. But he was surprised when hearing that is the same in Europe or
After that we decided to go to the Baikal and got in the first contact with Mongolian and Buriat food culture. That means meat meat meat. We stopped in a "Кафе" and ordered something which looked like vegetable soup, something which looked like noodles and some dumpling. Well in total the base is 90% meat and 9% water. Although it tasted well, they also used spices, and I actually like meat, it was too much for our stomach and for Kotomi almost like hell for her sensitive stomach. It is also getting harder to get vegetables and also eggs. Since the nomadic custom is to have big animals like cow, sheep, horse ... but no chickens.
However, finally we went to the Baikal at the south east coast where some kilometres after Oимур should be a hot spring from where you could look directly in the Sunset over the Baikal, but unfortunately the basin was in repair and they will open in the beginning of June. Coordinates to turn left from the street are: N 52.52101°, E 107.05685° . So we had to find another place and we found some kilometres away directly at the beach and enjoying the sunset at the magic "ocean" Baikal. Beach sounds warm but it is still cold since the Baikal was still frozen one month ago. N 52.51679°, E 107.03717°
24th of Mai: It is already one month ago when we started from
Today we went north along Baikal which is actually a dead road, but the last village Заречье is sooooooooooooooooo beautiful. We got to know Иван who was sitting in front of his wooden house. He told us he was Soldier in