Arshan, Siberia Sleepy Mountain Town Awakens

Arshan, Siberia Sleepy Mountain Town Awakens

 

Mountain towns have a culture and Arshan, Siberia is no exception. Laid back town, invigorating air, mountain drop-back.

Ulan Ude is a popular stop from Mongolia for Lake Baikal touring. From the railway station you can pick up a cramped (Russians are not little folk) local bus that will take about 8 hours with pit stops to Arshan. The trip has the usual attributes, cramped quarters, too many stops, air con wars, long leggeds battling for position. The bus driver obliges a special stop for the opportunity to pick up smoked Omul fish, freshly caught, delicious little morsels indigenous to Lake Baikal, wrapped in newspaper, local honey and field berries available from roadside kerchiefed peddlers. No one will tell you what is happening. No one speaks English, remember? It will not take long for you to figure out that local delicacies are now available once you see their wares. It is not every day you can pick those up. Daily protein and vitamins needs in one stop. Not grocery store fresh but this morning fresh.

Now on the discovered route with Muscovites choosing to venture “over the Urals” to Siberia to breathe the mountain air that Siberians have treasured for centuries, you may have to slip into back streets for your true mountain experience. Sleepy Arshan has been awakened by Eastern visitors, cheap vodka and the requisite accompaniment blaring music. Mist shrouded mountains, unique cottage architecture, gardens brimming with summer harvest, fireplaces crackling, pines whispering. 

Like most places requiring the extra effort, Arshan, Siberia is off the track but worth the deviation. 

For more on other Russian adventures, see also:

Siberia, Russia Wooden Architecture

Siberia, Russia In Summer

Reflecting On A Siberian Summer Flood

Foraging For Food In Siberia

 

Back Lanes of Arshan, Siberia                 ©heathersimondsphotography.com
Back Lanes of Arshan, Siberia                                   ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                 ©heathersimondsphotography.com
Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Laundry Scene of Arshan, Siberia                 ©heathersimondsphotography.com
Laundry Scene of Arshan, Siberia                              ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Detail of Arshan, Siberia                 ©heathersimondsphotography.com
Detail of Arshan, Siberia                                     ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                 ©heathersimondsphotography.com
Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                 ©heathersimondsphotography.com
Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                                        ©heathersimondsphotography.com

 

Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                 ©heathersimondsphotography.com
Cottages of Arshan, Siberia                                    ©heathersimondsphotography.com

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