Trans-Mongolian Journey: Ulan Ude - Ulaanbaatar

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Mongolia  , Darhan Uul,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Here is the first part of the two journeys on the Trans-Mongolian route! And if you think that after the last journey it cannot get better, well you are wrong…

Our journey started at 08:27 Moscow time (we let you do the local time counting for once - just to see if you follow). The train is no more electrified as it has been since but diesel engine and no more double track but only one track (except for occasional crossings) all the way to Ulaanbaatar.

When we arrive in our compartment, a Swedish couple of our age is already there (coming from Irkutsk). We enjoyed their company all the way through to the early morning arrival. We are very happy as finally there is no Russian. And Agi does not have to do the talking and Rudi can finally do the socialising. And actually, we soon realise that in our train carriage most of the people speak in English and that we are all tourists doing the same route.

So, you can imagine that the landscape is as we left it the day before and it only gets better and more beautiful as the railway carries on following the Selenga River through the south Buryatiya region. And before we reach the border we find it weird to think that we are still in Russia as we can already see gers or yurts and it is nothing like the Russia.

You understand that the customs are now very close and it takes no less than three and a half hour for the Russian custom officers to check on us & the train and two hours for the Mongolian officers. It is time to try our dry noodle pot soup (as we got no Russian rubles left and we cannot get Mongolian togrod yet). Yeehaaa!!

The sun is obviously setting by then and the only Mongolian landscape we could see was half an hour before arriving as the train arrived in Ulaanbaatar at 6:30am local time. And guess what, that time, we change one hour but the other way, that’s because Mongolia does not do the summer daylight saving unlike all western countries.


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Mamy Babs and Daddy Juju on

We are now impatient to see the photos you took from the desert of Mongolia and from Beijing. Full of bizou, bizou

Liva from Shanghai on

aaaah!!! where are you???!!! you must be in Mongolia still and looks like there is no internet in Mongolia.. cos I know that there is internet everywhere here in China..

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