AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Trans-mongolian Railway thoughts


Posted on Nov 11, 2013

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....

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Not really knowing what to expect is indeed positive. The windows been somewhat dirty exacerbated the gloom of rural Russia. Endless miles of trees interspersed with small townships seemingly with no road network and appearing to have no form of economic importance lined the route intermittantly. Why then are these towns here? As we continued through the Russian wilderness we began to awe at any signs of life, a small cabin, a factory...

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