AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Trans-mongolian Railway thoughts

From day 3 the train passes through Siberia and as it was November it was snowy as well as cold. Frozen lakes and rivers covered the land. Day 5 sees you travel through Mongolia. Mongolia is very flat and the Gobi Desert a real dust pan. Every so often towns pop up and we saw camels, deer and yaks.

The train is somewhat mind-numbing. In second class it is hard to get comfortable. The toilets are sub standard and you can’t wash. The food is expensive and the border crossings are ridiculously long, made worse by the fact the toilets are locked and after a while you can’t even leave the train. As yet I have not experienced the 6 hours of Chinese Customs and bogie changing, which entails 4 hours at the border.

Should you take the train? Although flawed in many ways and having long periods of time when you are uncomfortable, bored and unable to stretch your legs you should do it. Why? It is an experience, you see three countries and 3 cultures. You meet new people and you go on the world’s longest railway journey. Your mouth will water as you smell the cooking of the conductor’s food and you will ache lots but not that many people have done it and life’s about doing new things so go for it.

Posted from Xilin Gol, Nei Mongol, China.


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    Awesome attitude, hope you get to keep that all the way through.
    Have heaps of fun. xxxx

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    You haven’t spoken a truer word. I really envy you. What an adventure! One must have that adventurous spirit or life is not worth living.. wonderful to read about your experiences

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