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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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Gateway to Baikal: Irkutsk and Listvyanka

Gateway to Baikal: Irkutsk and Listvyanka

  After our adventure in die Siberian wilderness along the Baikal Lake we had a couple of relaxing days in Listvyanka, a small and – at least at this time of the year –  bit sleepy village on the shore of the lake. Great for fresh fish and strolling along the shore. It’s nice, but one day is absolutely enough to explore it. A few pics:   So we decided to go back to Irkutsk the next day. When we arrived in Irkutsk…

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Into the Wild: Our autumn Baikal Adventure

Into the Wild: Our autumn Baikal Adventure

The short version : A great and exciting trip with Anton our guide, thank’s Anton!   The longer Version : So after that cultural shock in Novosibirsk we had booked a tour to the Baikal lake to get back to nature. Just the thing we needed. The train ride to Irkutsk was our longest so far – 31 hours. We started at six in the morning and arrived at three in the afternoon the next day. But it wasn’t so…

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The grey heart of Siberia: Novosibirsk

The grey heart of Siberia: Novosibirsk

  We had been warned before we got of the train. The Russian lady, a lawyer from Tomsk who was going back home from a court case in Tyumen, and accompanied us on the last half of the only 22 hours long ride from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk had told us so when we mentioned what our next stopp would be. “Novosibirsk is ugly” she said, and “it”s a typical old soviet city, no nice architecture, just big blocks of grey, ugly buildings”. She…

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European-Asian Bordertown Yekaterinburg

European-Asian Bordertown Yekaterinburg

  We came with no expectations to Yekaterinburg, well, except for a bloody history (murder of the last Tsar, mafia gang fights in the 90ties) and the rise of Boris Yeltsin we didn’t know anything about the city. We have to say, we were pleasantly surprised by it’s charm. Starting with the hotel, which was certainly the best we’ve stayed in for a long while. A four-star establishment, all brand new and plushy, plus they offered a great breakfast accompanied by French…

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