New West Hotel
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... majority of their clothes and equipment themselves. They hardly needed money and when it was hot in the summer they would sleep out under the stars. She said that a lot of the social problems (alcoholism, street children etc) had increased since the Russians left in 1990. The younger people like the freedom and democracy now however the older people often say it was better in the past under the U.S.S.R. I also try the camel milk, which has a real twang to it. I won't be exporting any ...
... I'll see what happens, fingers crossed.
I'm not in any rush whilst here or feel the need to cram in as much as possible in a short time. In the European and Russian cities I only had a few days at a time to squeeze in everything and see as much as possible however here like I said is not massive and easy enough top get around on foot so I had planned a fairly easy one of walking around and taking things as I came across them. Seeing how the locals go about their ...
Everything went well on our trip to Beijing but it took a lot of time! Due to bad traffic and even worse roads we had to leave the hotel a lot earlier than we really wanted to. Most of the trip to the airport is actually on dirt roads. What other capital city has no bitumen leading from the international airport I wonder? None I can think of. Anyway we got there well in time, the plane left on time and arrived on time ...
... which had some unseemly stains on them.
We had heard that meals might cost as much as $30 per person in the dining car, so we decided to bring enough food for our breakfasts and lunches. We were also certain that boiling water and drinking water would be readily available. Samovars located at the end of each carriage provided the boiling water, but drinking water was not to be found. We would have to purchase it along the way.
... crossing from Mongolia to Russia. Every now and then, an official of some sort would visit our compartment. All of the other carriages and even the motor were disconnected, so our lonely little carriage was all by itself on the platform - see the attached photo and commentary. We eventually chugged across the Mongolia-Russia border, then sat around for several more hours in the Russian border town of Naushki. We eventually set off again at about 1430 after watching ...
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