Just thought you’d like to know. I have some fairly severe financial diffculties at the moment becuase my ATM card doesn’t seem to work with Ruskie cash machines outside St Petersburg. I’m living on travellers cheques which are running out fast and it is incredibly difficult to get them changed in Siberia. I’m in Irkutsk by the way (2/3 of the way there). I might have to rush through the final leg of my journey so as not to get stranded somewhere in the Gobi desert.
On the plus side – Last night I slept in a tent with some french hikers I met on the train and I woke up in time to watch the sunrise over Lake Baikal – the largest freshwater lake in all the world.