Archive | February, 2017

First you drill a hole then you wait…………. Lake Baikal

Day 16 February 28th  2017 PHOTOS OF OUR DAY After wending our way to a ballroom sized breakfast room – larger than our previous ballroom breakfast in Kathmandu XXX – we left with Tuman for Lake Baikal  the largest freshwater lake in the world and excitedly for us – frozen! About a 3 hour drive with […]

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Whoa is that thing to scale?- Lenin’s Head Ulan Ude

Day 15 February 27th  2017 As the journey progressed ever more slowly we became charade and mime experts aided by photographs  that allowed communication and fun with our roomies. One meets fellow travwllers in the carriage hallways and we met an Englishman who had travelled extensively over many years and was on his way to […]

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It Is A Long Song – Urtiin Duu Mongolia

  Day 14 February 26th  Ulan Bataar PHOTOS FROM TODAY   A special event today that we did not appreciate until afterwards when what we had witnessed was explained. They sounds way more complex that it should! First a tour of the Summer Palace in Ulan Bataar – a very cold and windy experience on […]

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Mongolian Wild Horses Couldn’t……

Day 12 February 25th   Nomad Camp and Khustai National Park PHOTOS OF OUR DAY The fire in our Ger caused trouble for our guide Tebo throughout the night. Dried dung is used as fuel given the lack of wood for burning. Not particularly long-lasting and when it would not burn it would NOT burn. And […]

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Somewhere In Siberia – Where have the nomads gone?

Day 12 February 24th   Nomad Camp PHOTOS OF OUR DAY We merged in the morning to a crisp, chilly, snow covered sunny day and decided on a walk through the impressive rock formations behind the Gers  before heading off. First stop of the day was a tiny Aryaval Buddhist Meditation centre and monastery built high […]

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Was he really that tall? Genghis Khan Ulaanbaatar

Day 11-12  February 23rd  February Mongolia PHOTOS OF OUR DAY These two days seem beyond anything we had experienced before. Whisked from train to 4WD and introduced to our guide Tebo and drive Shimidee we were told Shimidee was an excellent driver and once 4WD Champion of Mongolia. While this meant not a lot before […]

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“But we just like trains”-Train Beijing to Ulanbaatar

Day 10  22nd February 2017 PHOTOS OF OUR DAY Another early morning push and shove into Beijing station. This time we knew the drill and it all went with minimal angst. The wonderful Eric from ChinaGuide gets us too the station and on the train for the final time. Once on board we found we […]

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Beijing Summer Palace in Winter

Day 9 February 21st Exploring Beijing – Summer Palace, Art District 791 PHOTOS OF TODAY Another experience of the hurly burly of Beijing rail station as we merged from train to Beijing once more. Despite designating a specific meeting area we still had trouble finding Eric in the swirling mass of people. Great local breakfast […]

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You should leave your hat on! Harbin sightseeing.

https://goo.gl/photos/wdsZqx7Ty9aRrh469 20th Februaury 2017 Harbin PHOTOS FROM OUR DAY Another brisk day in Harbin but only -16 !!! Off to St Sophia based on Russian Orthodox Church used now as a history museum. Interesting exhibits and wonderful series of photos depicting early life in Harbin and the mix of people and cultures. Next to the […]

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Magical Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

   Day 6 February 19th  Harbin Ice and Snow Festival PHOTOS OF OUR DAY Out the window of our multi-roomed apartment at the New Gloria Apartment Hotel we looked down upon people heavily clothed -hurrying through the snow covered streets, bracing against wind as snow billowed around them. This would be our first test of […]

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