Monthly Archive: March 2017

Mar 31

Xi’an, China (Subtitle: Warrior Pose)

Traveled Aug, 2012 Edna and I said goodbye in Beijing because she had to go home.  I stayed for a glorious smog-free day in Beijing and then continued with an overnight train to Xi’an.  Although I had a berth for this overnight ride, it was the 3rd (top) bunk.  I made sure I didn’t drink …

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Mar 31

I’m in the 1%! (Destination: Beijing, China)

Traveled Aug, 2012   Beijing marks the end of the Trans-Mongolian railway.  Upon arrival in Beijing, we had some busy days of sightseeing in the capital including the following visits:  Temple of Heaven Great Wall of China Summer Palace Many Parks Dumpling night at the hostel & Peking Duck Forbidden City Tiananmen Square The night …

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Mar 26

Eating Creepy Crawlies (Beijing Night Market)

My Adventures at the Night Market!

Mar 26

Last Leg of the Trans-Mongolian (Destination: Ulaanbaatar to Beijing Train)

Traveled Aug, 2012 We took 2nd (worst) class train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing.  The trains in Mongolia were much nicer than Russia.  We had 4 beds and a locking door, which we shared with a French couple. We had one longer stop in a Gobi town on the train route.  The town was home to …

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Mar 26

Gobi(g) or Go Home (Destination: Gobi Desert Trip, Mongolia)

Traveled Aug, 2012 Our group of 5 ladies, a driver, guide, and our Russian van stopped to stock up on groceries in the capital city before we slowly made our way to the Gobi Desert.  While you might see actual roads on the maps of Mongolia, these roads were just dirt tracks.  Signs, directions, and …

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Mar 26

Congested City (Destination: Ulan Bator, Mongolia)

The Russia/Mongolia border to the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar was an easy trip.  This was the biggest traffic jam we saw: Arriving in Ulaanbaatar was a traffic nightmare.  This city of over a million people and most of the population of Mongolia doesn’t have any expressways – just a 6 lane, red stop light street that …

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Mar 26

Are We in Europe or Asia? (Destination: Ulan Ude, Russia)

Traveled Aug, 2012 Based on a tip we got from the internet for the Trans-Mongolian journey, we decided to take a train to Ulan Ude, Russia and then bus to Mongolia rather than take the train.  The train is a 24-hour ride, whereas the bus allows you to get a good night sleep in Ulan …

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Mar 26

World’s Largest Lake (Destination: Irkutsk, Lake Baikal)

Traveled Aug 2012 Irkutsk is the “Paris of Siberia”.  The flowers and churches were great. There were lots of old wooden buildings. We went to the local market for fresh fruit. Edna and I had arranged for a car tour to Lake Baikal and Listvanyka town and two gentlemen joined us.  The weather wasn’t great …

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Mar 26

Riding the Rails (Destination: Trans-Siberian Railway)

Traveled Aug, 2012 We survived about 2/3 of the Trans-Siberian express.  Our train ride was 80 hours – 4 nights and 3 full days.  We were in the 3rd class or “platzkartney” This means there are 52 berths in one car with no doors and no privacy.  Also in the car are two toilets, the attendant’s …

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Mar 26

Don’t have a Cow (Destination: Moscow, Russia)

Traveled Aug, 2012 We took the first of many hours on the Russian trains from St. Petersburg to Moscow.  The trip was only 8 hours overnight and was quite comfortable. We spend the day doing our own walking tour of Moscow.  We walked around the downtown to see lots of Orthodox churches and theaters. Then …

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