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September 26 – 2011 Homeward Bound and Travel Thoughts

After nearly 6 weeks of one of the most spectacular, fun-filled journeys with my daughter Jess and her girlfriend Corinne, I am really glad to be back in my own bed!! Here are a few things I learned from this trip. 1. Travelling can be Inexpensive. If you opt for 5 star hotels or luxury … Continue reading »

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September 25 – 2011 The Midnight Hour

Our extended visa was good until midnight September 25, and we were told to be at the Vladistovok airport by 11 pm. at the latest so that we could get through Passport control with no issues. We spent the day touring Vladistovok – big city totally under construction from the highways to the city streets. … Continue reading »

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September 24 – 2011 Stranded in Siberia

Olga made us a delicious breakfast of eggs on toast and ricotta mixed with banana. The looks on the faces of J and C were priceless… We caught a taxi to the Irkutsk Airport for our flight back to Beijing. We checked our bags and then to Passport Control – that is where everything turned … Continue reading »

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September 22 – 2011 Irkutsk and a Sledge Hammer

We arrived in Irkutsk after a 7 hour ferry/bus ride from Ohlkon Island. Irkutsk is a lovely city of 1/2 million people and situated on the Angara River. It is filled with many old wooden homes with distinctive hand-carved trim, however, many of these homes are falling down… The hostel we had booked did not … Continue reading »

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September 19 – 2011 Banyas and Baikal

Took ferry at 6:40 am to Listvianka and hopped onto the bus to Irkutsk. We then boarded a minivan that would take us to Ohlkon Island on Lake Baikal, a 6 hour trip by road and ferry. At the lunch stop we had borscht, goulash, stewed cabbage and beers – good grub, for sure. We … Continue reading »

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September 18 – 2011 CircumBaikal Railway with Omul and Vodka

Took the train to Sludyanka which in on Lake Baikal – OMG – we arrived at 5 am and slept at the train station for a couple of hours. Five minute walk brought us to the lake – it was absolutely stunning and a gorgeous, sunny, fall day. We walked part of the shoreline and … Continue reading »

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Fun with Goats and finally a shower

We had alot of fun with the goats – very cute and love our bits of food we have with us. They actually will eat anything and everything and always attempted to get into our Ger. Bedtime at the Ger was always around 9 pm and up at 7 am. Usually no electricity, just our … Continue reading »

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Gobi Desert

We walked the “Flaming Cliffs” which were absolutely beautiful and the sky was Mongolian BLUE! Bought some gloves for 40 cents. We drove to a temple in the middle of nowhere and the Mongolians build little rock sculptures similar to our Inukshuks. We arrive at the Gobi and what a sight – 175 miles of … Continue reading »

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September 7 GER HOPPING

We have now departed on a trip into the Gobi Desert, travelling in an old Russian minivan. Our travelling mates are Francesca and JeanLuca from Italy and Daniel from England. Jackie is our ever-so-bold driver in this very diverse country. The van is old, however a 2000 model, but comfy. As we leave UlaanBaatar, the … Continue reading »

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September 4 GENTAMAHOW INTREPID translated to “SO F++++kin GOOD!!!!

This was our final day with the Intrepid group and we started out with bus trip to the GREAT WALL – Mutiantu. We walked up to station number 21. The views were incredible and the walk was a long one and so worth it. Some of the steps were really narrow – made for little … Continue reading »

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