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I've made it to Mongolia !!!
I thought it would be a pretty boring journey of 24 hours on the train - more to come below.
I said my goodbyes to Ulan Ude and Russia and made my way to the train station for my 7.30am train.
As I got on the train I realised someone was in my bed so I got the Provodnitsa to move him.
He looked European so I didn't make a fuss (like me, he probably got confused with the bed numbering).
The train appears to be a ...
... there." ... silence ... "please can you let us out?" "If you want food, you can buy here". (unsaid - I don't want any bloody pot noodles again).
We were stuck looking out of the window at this open kiosk for about an hour and I still have no idea why we couldn't leave. Quite probably, passengers weren't allowed to change the rails or something, it was just so frustrating having someone sit there ignoring you and refusing to explain why.
Woke up at ...
... up outside on the other side of the rocks. I'm in no way a small person, but after a few breathing and clenching techniques - I made it! Great views. But, then back into the hole and down the rock face. Me being afraid of heights did not help lol but I made it. Back on the bus for our trip to the Meditation Temple. We arrived at the temple and - it was a bit of a walk. Up to the gate, over the gate, up and around the hill, ...
... It appeared that we had one extra passenger; a problem that was resolved simply by employing a plastic fold out chair for the poor child to sit on in the aisle for the duration of the 13 hour trip. At least she had a back rest, Ash Farin! The border crossing itself was notable only for the length of time the Russian official seemed to stare at my photo - about 5 minutes - before beckoning over a colleague for him to spend a similar amount of time comparing me to my photo. ...
... the previous menu in China, where noodles and rice were common. The car had some more work done to it to detect a noise that could be heard occasionally as the next day they were being sent to a workshop for servicing etc. The noise disappeared on the drive into Ulan Batar so this meant that the repair would be simple and certainly not bad. We checked into the hotel and after a short break the afternoon started with a trip to ...