Saturday, July 15, 2006

Overnight to Ulan Ude

We are leaving Irkutsk, and taking an overnight train to Ulan Ude, capitol of the Buriat republic in Siberia. It is a buddist place, and we are hoping to see the nice colorful temples. For now, we are waiting until we leave for the train station. Today we walked around Irkutsk, and went to a market, and lots of second hand stores. The city was not so interesting, but it had lots of old wooden siberian houses, which have very intricate wood work and are painted (some of them) with green, blue, yellow, and brown. They are all older than the 1800s because there was a fire in the city then, and after that, it was not allowed to built wooden buildings anymore.