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Fast Facts: Trans-Siberian Railway

Fast Facts: Trans-Siberian Railway

WHAT WE DID: Rode the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing, China to Moscow, Russia: 1 night on Trans-Mongolian line (Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, Chinese train) 6 nights in Central Mongolia 4 nights on Trans-Siberian line (Ulaanbaatar to Moscow, Russian train)   WHAT WE LIKED: The spacious, first-class bench seats that fold down into beds are surprisingly comfortable. The upholstery is in good condition, and the bed linens and pillows are quite nice. I [Jenn] am not a good sleeper, but I actually…

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Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Railway

While I was excited to head off on our epic train journey, I don’t think either one of us was pleased to leave Mongolia. Still, the train tickets could not be changed, so we resigned ourselves to departing and made our way to the train station. The outside of the station was plain – just a simple, rough, stone structure – but gave way to an unexpectedly lavish foyer with large marble tiles, grand columns and an enormous, glittering chandelier….

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Behind The Blog

Behind The Blog

As our three months in Asia nears a close, it seems it’s about time for another behind the scenes peek at life on the road. 49 blogs and 6 countries later, the second leg of our trip is about in the books, and it’s mindboggling to think we’ve been gone for over six months now! Let us now take a moment to celebrate our successes by sharing some of our [not so] finer moments:   Some of our lavish transportation…

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Fast Facts: Mongolia

Fast Facts: Mongolia

WHAT WE DID: Spent 4 nights in ger camps in central Mongolia + 2 nights in a guesthouse in Ulaanbaatar (tour booked with Monkey Shrine as part of our Trans-Siberian railway package)   WHAT WE LIKED: EVERYTHING! Mongolia is a truly incredible country, with its intriguing cultural traditions, friendly people, and insanely-beautiful scenery.   WHAT WE’D CHANGE: We’d stay longer! If we’d known how much we would love it (and had more money in the budget, of course), we probably…

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Central Mongolia

Central Mongolia

I have to admit, Mongolia had never really been a destination on my radar. It wasn’t a place I was actively avoiding; rather I’d never read about it as a travel destination, and therefore really knew nothing about it. When we were planning our around-the-world excursion, Stephan had expressed an interest in taking the Trans-Siberian from Beijing to Moscow, via Mongolia. Thus, we’d only considered a brief transit through the country. It was only after learning with absolute certainty that…

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Trans-Mongolian Railway

Trans-Mongolian Railway

One of the things I had on my list for this trip was to take the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest rail journey in the world. Begun in 1890, the rail line was designed to serve cities throughout Siberia that were difficult to access thanks to poor roads, and now spans 5,772 miles at its longest (though our journey was to be a paltry ~4,700 miles). It seemed like a unique way to see large stretches of rural countryside, in a…

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