Travel Blogs from Ulan Bator
... and I can
heartily recommend them) and I was really feeling it!! And that just isn’t like me at all so I’m blaming the stress. Its not much of a philosophy, but it’s mine… :-).
Anyway, it wasn’t until I actually got here and got into the apartment that I found I could relax, even the littlest bit. For all the stress and anxiety I was going through that last week I really would like to apologise to everyone who had ...
... br> > the cracking ice opening up under his camp at night was much scarier.
> There were occasions that the ice gave way to
> open waters that meant swimming – on his back- with his gear on his
> front. He
> did not swim unless he could see the other side and it was not too far
> away. He found it very comforting to
> return to solid land.
... There is a lodge with a small kitchen and dining room. A family lives on the grounds inside the lodge. Dinner is served at 6pm. I am shocked to see a full table of Aussies. Turns out 5 of them work as volunteers in UB and 1 at the Australian consulate in Beijing. I commented only Aussies would be in the middle-of-nowhere-Mongolia in the dead of winter. Aussies and this crazy bugg. We laugh. Dinner is a plate of mutton, potatoes and rice. I ...
... around 01:30 at which point we were allowed to stretch our legs and use the loo on the platform at the cost of 10 Rubles each. Ryan decided to take in the night air and left the train wearing only shorts and a t-shirt, which the locals seemed to find strange give the fact that we were in Siberia and it’s was below zero degrees.
Finally at around 2am we looked the cabin door and were finally able to get some much needed sleep.
... with over an hour an a half to spare. Plenty of time I thought as I filled out my form and waited in line. Unfortunately however lots of Mongolians kept pushing in line, or were exempt from queuing and it ended up getting really tight, in the end I was seen with just 10 minutes to spare. Still once I had it handed in I could relax in the knowledge that I had done everything I could do and now just had to wait for a week with my fingers ...