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Tatar Kazan, Twas A Pleasure

Well here we are in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan. Different again to what has come before. The reason for coming here was for the architecture and the Kremlin, a warm up to Moscow. The Tatars are Islamic by faith so this obviously has an influence on the architecture so a good mixture within the Kremlin.…

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Novosibirsk Skies

It’s the longest single train ride we have on our Trans Siberian journey, Irkutsk to Novosibirsk, and we’re still not bored of it. It’s quite therapeutic really, just us on a train with the only aim of amusing ourselves and quiet contemplation. One thing that has been developing over these train journeys is our snack…

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To Irkutsk By Cow

Now this is going way too quickly. Time seems to fly with these pit stops as you try to get a feel for these places. A relatively short train trip of 8 hours from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk we see more of the original wooden buildings as we get into the city. We got the #1…

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Gauging Interest – Part Dva

The Russian word for station is vokzal. Alledgidly, this word came about as a Russian delegation were on a fact finding mission in London prior to starting the Trans Siberian rail network. As part of the data sharing exercise they were taken to Vauxhall station. When the Russians asked what the building was they were…

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Yakety Yak, Yakety Yak

We’re now heading north to the other Nomadic Journey’s luxury ger camp, Jalman Meadows, to recover from our park bench experience. Double bed, ahhhh, shower ger, ahhhh, and to top it off a massage ger, double ahhhh. Nicely nestled  in a hilly area of the Steppe it’s an area where the Nomads take their livestock…

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Home is where the heart is

So we’re heading out west again for a 2 night home stay. The plan is we’ll be spending some time with a Nomadic family in Hustai and getting an idea of how they live and get to see some of the everyday Nomadic activities.  For this leg of our journey we’re in the old Russian…

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Having a Naadam Good Time

We’ve hit Mongolia’s Metropolis, Ulaanbaatar. Or UB as it’s known by the lazy buggers who can’t be bothered to say the full name. We have arrived at the start on the national holiday week and the time when the national games are held, known as “Naadam” which interprets as “fun” in English. As with any…

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