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... had to walk the 3000 miles, sometimes by the time they got to the place of exile their sentence was half complete and they walked back again. Stalin developed the labour camps to greater capacity than the Tsars but it was not his idea. So now the railway runs round the lake past some spectacular scenery and through a number of tunnels, the first we have noticed in 3000 miles of Russian railways. We have just arrived in Ulan Bator where it has been snowing ...
... more and more and more......this thing is ridiculous!
It's massive to say the least. Fair enough I guess its a tourist attraction in itself but it's impressive non the least. Ghengis to the locals seems like everything. Ghengis statues everyhwere, the Ghengis beer brewery, Ghengis street this and that, Ghengis Khan airport....and so on and so on.
I wander up the stairs and am surprised to see that my driver is happily following and snapping away with pictures on ...
... into Ulan Batar. However it did leave us with a problem crossing the river, it was right towards the end of the day but two Mongolians appeared with a tractor, for a fee of £10, which I am sure is inflated for silly tourists, we were hooked onto the back and pulled through.
It was great fun, it came up very deep but the tractor pulled us through we ease and I have to say it was a great feeling when we crossed. The Mongolians went on there way and Josie & I ...
... and after another quick search we were on our way.
The next morning, day 6 of 7, we woke up while stopped at the city of Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. It was a lot less depressing than the drab Russian cities that we had previously passed through. It was set in amongst bald hills and was sprinkled with yurts and houses with brightly coloured tin roofs. Brick buildings also dominated, which was new compared to the buildings in the Russian ...
... built in the last 20 years after the communists destroyed the original and unfortunately is also showing signs of neglect and disrepair. It is amazing there is no charge for this place to at least maintain it. There is also a grotto dedicated to a monk who supposedly meditated without food and water for 3 years and emerged from the cave alive. We trek back for lunch, a large bowl of mongolian spag bol which our guide devours in 4 large slurps while the rest of ...
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PO Box 46A-314, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $12
Bayangol District, 3rd khoroo, Teeverchdiin St, House-7, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $16
Byangol district, 1st microdistrict. Building 22, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $12
Tserendorj street Building 63 Apt 10-12, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $30