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Travel Blogs from Ulan Bator
I'm not going to lie, I'm feeling a bit lonely and exposed out here today. To use a film comparison, a bit like the little penguin in Happy Feet who cant sing but is surrounded by every other penguin that can. Speaking of penguins, I take a long walk to the Bhogd Khan winter palace today and in addition to there being temples, inside the palace was …
We arrived to Ulaanbaatar(I will use UB) by the Trans-Mongolian Railway in the afternoon on a Sunday. The capital and largest city of the land of the nomads was quiet, the main avenue hardly used, and the main square deserted. The next day, we saw how UB is usually. The avenue that seemed so quaint the day before heaved …
... with a very swollen eye. And then the swelling spread to the bridge of my nose, the other eye and my whole brow. I looked like an extra from Star Trek and it was starting to irritate my eyeball every time I blinked. So we drove until midnight to reach the next town so that I could get to hospital. All the doctor did was laugh and write me a prescription for vitamin C. The various antihistamines I had taken made me start to hallucinate (I could see armadillos) and feel ...
... a pipe that feeds the smoke up and out. Buju put his fire starting skills to work and left us to get ready for dinner. At first, we were thrilled because it was cozy and warm in our tent. Soon, however, we started to feel like a couple of Thanksgiving turkeys. We went from wearing three layers each to sweating and red faces. I guess that speaks to the efficiency of the ger heating system, but at one point we actually propped out door open to let a bit of ...
... snacks and instant noodles. No stalls.
6740km 37m Saynshand One shop and two women selling sandwiches. A heavy downpour cut the time outside the train short
6962km 85m Dzamyn Ude Mongolian border checks. No geting out.
6972km 237m Erlian Chinese border checks. Bogie changing, w e went to sleep
7131km 2m Zurihe. Slept
7305km 9m Jining. Too short to get out
7430km 12m Datong didn't get out, had no Yuan
7600km 10m Zhangjiakou. No Yuan to buy anything