Afterward we were taken to a local restaurant for an opportunity to sample true Buryat cuisine. The soup of a mutton broth with “bits” of mutton and onion. It was pretty fatty and only a few of us ate more than a few spoonfuls. Next came a large sampling plate with stewed tripe, beef and mutton dumplings, heart and liver pasties, boiled potatoes and a carrot and cabbage wilted slaw. Everything but the tripe went down easily; that stayed on the plate not only by us but also by our guide and driver…so we didn’t feel too bad.
We drove back into town were we wandered the main square admiring the architecture and a huge bronze head of Lenin. From there we toured a small museum dedicated to the merchant who built and lived in the same house. Afterward we visited a well-stocked souvenir store for some last minute shopping.
Our last even of the evening was the Buyratian National Theater’s performance of the musical, “Circles.” Our guide gave us a very detailed storyline before the performance and even though the entire event was in the Buyrat language, we were able to follow the story quite well. The music, costumes, staging, lighting, singing and acting were great and it was a really delightful two hours of entertainment. We ended the evening with dinner at an upscale nightclub where we danced to Americna disco and enjoyed beef stroganoff with all the trimmings.