|Can you feel the Shamanic energy?|
|Damn, Russia is big.|
|Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal|
|It's business on the outside, but I can assure you it was all party on the inside.|
|Want a bite?|
Uh, no thanks.
|The ferry from the mainland to Olkhon Island|
|Just a taste of the spectacular scenery|
|Typical Siberian house|
|Our room at Nikitas:|
The honeymoon special: four twin beds - two to sleep in, two to dump our stuff on
|Live "entertainment" in the Nikita dining room.|
|The hospitality of the Russian pups at Nikita's, however, couldn't be beat|
|Too cute for words|
|Even the kittens were warm and welcoming|
|Rusty boat #1|
(there's the banya in the distance)
|Rusty boat #2|
|Rusty boat #3|
|Rusty boat #4|
|Remember the chicken Dave bought at the bus station?|
The leftovers (in the bag) bought him a new loyal companion.
[DSM: this was actually a vicious stare-down]
|Our van was obviously previously used by the Dharma Initiative|
|The scenery was dramatic|
|The people-watching was entertaining|
|We missed the explanation of this thing|
|And this had something to do with an elephant|
|We never learned why all the Russians were posing in this spot in a Warrior 2, but we went with it |
(and added a double peace sign wassup).
|But the gorgeous landscape needed no translation|
|Did I mention that we had just discovered the panoramic setting on our new camera?|
|The lunch was simple yet delicious. It felt like ages since we'd seen fresh vegetables.|
[DSM: These were, unquestionably, the best tomatoes I've ever had. Ever. Amazing.]
|We also appreciated the fact that there were trees to pee behind.|
[DSM: Look close, there's J in the lower left. Sniped!]
|Fairly happy (ok, not-pissed) faces from Brian and Erin in the back seat.|
|Other things of note:|
1. How swarthy is Dave!
2. We've been driving for 10 minutes and all the local people are already fast asleep.
3. Me, on the left, in my special place. See photo below.
|Me, my ipod, and my giant hood. All I really need out there (plus toilet paper and purell).|
|Enjoying his bacon-flavored Lays of course! |
It seems any place with bacon is his special place. Men are so simple.