from the top:
mongolian steppe with the train turning a corner; gorky-terelj park, mongolia; qianmen in china at night; peking duck in peking; great wall of china (badaling)
from the top:
st basil’s cathedral, moscow; 3 days into the train journey to irkutsk; passing the time by playing cards; lake baikal, the biggest lake in the world; sunrise from the second train - irkutsk to ulaan-baatar, mongolia
i’m a bad blogger
having failed at keeping up various blogs over the years, i’ve only gone and done it again. i went on one of the best adventures in august/september 2013 then didn’t post about it.
i’m coming to the end of my second year of university; just 4 essay deadlines and 4 exams to get through, then i’m off to france again to work at the same guest house as last year. next year is my year abroad, so i’ll be spending the majority of the year working as a teaching assistant in france. so the plan is to start updating this here blog over the summer on my adventures.
(although i might change to a different blogging platform, who knows)
Obligatory photo of St Basil’s #Cathedral, #Moscow. Had a brilliant day, my sister took us on a tour of the sites: #RedSquare, walk along the river, lunch at My-My, the Arbat and finally a few hours chilling in Gorky Park. Soon we leave for the train station to start the Trans Mongolian railway adventure!!! #stbasils #stbasilcathedral
Landing in Moscow yesterday. This place is super cool. We had dinner in an Uzbeki restaurant which was playing jazz versions of old classics, e.g. Nirvana, Boney M, Britney, Avril Lavigne and various others. Today we explore Moscow before starting the trans Mongolian train this evening. #adventure #travel #russia #moscow #uzbeki #transmongolian
Saturday night cannot come soon enough, the excitement is too much!!!!
russia-bound for an adventure
tomorrow my dad and I fly off to Moscow to meet my sister, and we begin our Trans-Mongolian adventure.
Moscow > Irkutsk (Russia) > Ulaan Bataar (Mongolia) > Beijing (China)
I. AM. SO. EXCITED! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek.
I’m pretty much all packed. My bedroom is a tip from unpacking from France, repacking for camp, unpacking from camp, and repacking for this trip. Clothes and rubbish everywhere. But I can sort that out when I’m back.
So 2 weeks on and off a train, with irregular washing opportunities, eating pot noodles and drinking cup-a-soups (we’re bringing 28 sachets!), buying a shitload of souvenirs from all 3 countries, trying out my practically non-existant Russian (hopefully my sister and dad will teach me some more), the possibility of diving into the largest lake in the world (Baikal), sleeping in a ger in Mongolia, seeing and walking part of the Great Wall of China (!!!) and other exciting things!
So off we go, on an adventure…
photo diary: summer camp
lulworth cove, waffle cones vs. cheap wafer cones, midmorning coffee break, map showing the craziest pirate-style place names nearby, camp, punch & judy shows, fish & chips by the sea (with curry sauce!), s’mores on the campfire, pizzas cooked on a campfire, the sea in swanage.
you can also see some of these photos, and others on my flickr