We have updated the photo pages and there are still many more to be added of Moscow's amazing scenery. For now these pics below will have to suffice for our Moscow update.............unfortunately Julia's Grandma has passed away so we are going to dash across to Yorkshire for the funeral and then return to continental Europe in August. The next 5 days will be trains, buses and automobiles all the way into the midst of Europe's start of Summer holidays. Wish us luck!
We found a sign post with distances to cities around the world - at least we are getting closer to family in England!
We also stood in Europe for a while the other day - then we came back to Asia. Then we stood in two continents at the same time!
It is amazing that life goes on all year round in Irkutsk - it has an average winter temperature of -40°C!!! Yet people invited us back, saying we should come in Winter because it is very beautiful - and very different!
Randon pics from the last few weeks.
We started out in the capital of Mongolia Ulaan Baatar and onto a 36 hour train ride to go to Irkutsk the capital of Siberia (part of Russia). We got off the train two days later in Irkutsk. It was about 8:00 when we got off the train and it was only 4 degrees outside quite normal for Siberia as in winter it drops down to -50. It was a very nice town and there was one bit of it that was a whole street of old wooden buildings only made out of logs. For us it was a more modern day hotel room. Irkutsk isn’t that big a town and it is really just one big circle - out the front of it is a beautiful river which is so clear you can see the bottom about twenty metres away. It is filled with little restaurants but in Russia most of the menus are not in English at all and that is a big problem when you are looking for somewhere nice and decent to eat. By the end of the day Irkutsk reaches about 20 degrees and that is a nice temperature. All in all it is a nice town. Also it neighbours the worlds biggest lake, Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is called the Sea of Siberia by some locals and has it’s own unique species of Fresh Water Seals – they look a bit funny!
Molly: Hi guys, it's me, hope year 5 is treating you well!! My teachers this year are a real drag!! Mum and Dad; boring! I know you won't have that problem at Batemans Bay Public School.........!!!??!!