My aim is to travel from the UK to Brisbane for one of my best friends' wedding. Plane travel is so environmentally damaging so I am looking for another way. I also think that by travelling over land and sea I will be able to understand our world better as I will connect with the people and landscapes and not just look at the departure board in the airport. Any tips gratefully received!! Departure date 1st September.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

004 Trans-Mongolian Express 8th Sept - 10th Sept

The time has gone all funny now! The train runs on Moscow time so we stick to that but now we are going to +5hours in Irkutsk so it is midnight on our watches but getting light. Spend a wierd day not knowing whether to sleep or eat so don't do much of either! I wake up to see Lake Baikal at dawn, so lovely, lot of canoes of people fishing. At the next stop I buy some smoked fish which is nice actually but very salty -I am running out of food again so I am a bit desparate! Onwards to Mongolian border where we wait and we wait and we wait, on and off the train. I am inspired to write this poem, cheesy maybe but it is how I felt ok!

The Continent

I had a chance to see the world today,
In all of its pure glory.
I opened my eyes as far as I could,
and sucked every view into my soul.

Even now I cannot remember them all;
the trees, the houses,
the people and the land.
But I know I saw great beauty today
and it has touched me
and changed me

Later on I succumb to Genghis Khan vodka in the amazingly beautiful, carved, wooden Mongolian restaurant car and stay up late chatting to my new good friend Michal from Poland. I coveted the bow and arrow on the wall!

Up early to say good bye to the Ulan Bator group, Anna, Maria, Matteas, Connie, Fieje (the Swedes), Michal and Joel and all the others leaving there (hope you are having fun!). it is really cold at Ulan Bator, I need my woolly hat, but then off through the desert which gets more and more sandy and hot (35 + degrees c), lots of yurts, space and camels which I failed to catch on camera! We cover Mongolian in 24hours (it seems a shame), sad to say goodbye to new friends, but onwards to China......


At 5:27 pm, September 13, 2006, Blogger Negomi said...

Oh Babs! You conjured up so many images with that last post, I wish I was there too.

Sam from HDRA say's hi, lots of love, Imogen,x

At 9:33 pm, September 13, 2006, Blogger LimePulp said...

Hi Babs

You ran out of food again, but you found the vodka, why i'm I not surprised about either of those. It was a shame you only got 24 hours in mongolian thats one place I would love to travel to one day.

Hope the sleeping bag kept you warm when you went though Ulan Bator at least it should be nice and warm from here on.

Good luck at the China border, remember just smile and look pretty, you very good at both so you should be ok.

Better luck with the camera in China too, was it to little sleep or to much vodka I wonder?

Nice poem by the way, very cheesy but very you

Hope the good luck keeps holding out and keep taking care plus try and remember to buy some FOOD... don't want you wasting away.

Lots of Love & more luck

Steve XXX

At 5:27 am, September 14, 2006, Blogger Lindy Patrick said...

Hi Babs
I am so impressed by what you are doing-just read about it in the Australian-well done and lots of good luck
Lindy Patrick

At 5:50 pm, September 14, 2006, Blogger Ponysmoke said...

Hi Babs...

I came across your wonderful blog while planning a similar trip. I don't think I'll do both legs of a trip to New Zealand overland, but I'm very tempted to do one at least (as long as I can afford it!!). Anyway, its all in the planning stage at the moment so nothing definite yet but your blog has been invaluable on little niggling points like getting to Moscow. The train seemed so expensive and I was glad to hear you'd found a coach alternative.

Anyway, best of luck where ever you are and many thanks for putting a link in to Waste Online - I work at Waste Watch, the charity who runs that website.

All the best.



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