I walked to the Irkutsk Train station from the Baikaler Hostel by following the Tram which I had just missed for my 10 PM departure to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In Irkutsk I posed beside a hiker statute found along Karl Marx Street. Old Karl would be surprised to see all of the high end stores and boutiques like Armani and Channel found along his named street.
There were still a lot of party goers following the day's parade as I crossed the river bridge near the train station. Many of these party goers would stop in the local markets to get their favorite vodka and these stores would have an amazing selection to pick from.
Although I had reserved two separate short tours with them, he indicated that on this morning an Australian was going on a 3 day two night tour to the largest monastery some 236 km from Ulaanbaatar. This tour would include two nights in a ger, a horse ride, camel ride in the sand dunes and a trip to see the only wild undomesticated horses in the world called "takni". While waiting for the 9AM departure, a Swiss joined us for the trip which lowered the cost of the tour for each of us to just $74 per day. This would include a van, driver, guide, meals, 2 nights in a ger, camel and horse rides, and park admissions. After taking my last shower for three days and a bit of breakfast I was ready for the tour----or so I thought!