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Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

Moscow to Beijing by Train: Our Transmongolian Experience

  So I thought our trip across the United States by bus was a pretty long journey. Then we did this. In a nutshell: 7826 Kilometers, 5 journeys between 22 and 32 hours each, roundabout 140 hours spent on the train in total, three different countries and cultures, six cities to explore.   The Trains Old at first sight, but mostly clean and nice. The Russian trains were always heated, and most of the time quite hot. So best to wear a…

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Ulaanbaatar Calling

Ulaanbaatar Calling

  Also known as “UB” Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia’s capital, with a population of 1,3 million, that’s nearly half of Mongolia’s population of roundabout 3 million people. And it seems to continue growing, there was a lot of construction going on when we were there. We didn’t do a lot of touristy stuff while we where there between our trips to the countryside, but rather used the time to recover from or prepare for our tours, do some shopping (p. e. sleeping…

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Into the Wild Part III: Visiting Nomads in Terelj National Park

Into the Wild Part III: Visiting Nomads in Terelj National Park

  When we arrived at the bus station from where we were to depart to our first ger inside the Terelj National Park, we where amused at the three drunk Mongolians engaged in a fist fight next to an old Russian 4WD. Little did we know that it was the same 4WD that had come to pick us up, including the drunk Mongolians. Sow how many Mongolians fit in a standard sized 4WD? We counted and found out: ten people,…

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Into the Wild Part II: Nomad Life in the Middle Gobi

Into the Wild Part II: Nomad Life in the Middle Gobi

  Henry was already freaked out before we even started our trip to the Dundgovi Province, the Middle Gobi. Our Tour Operator Ger to Ger provided a crash course about Mongolian culture, language and outdoor security for us one day before we headed south. We wouldn’t be accompanied by a guide, but be out there and visit Nomad families on our own, be more like cultural explorers than tourists, so it’s probably good to know what NOT to do in…

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