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Tessendorf's Abroad

Photos: Gobi Desert

MONGOLIA | Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Ulaanbaatar

MONGOLIA | Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Leg 13: Ulan Ude-Ulaanbaatar, 439km

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | Views [153]

Quite an early start for this one, train departure  at 6.15am . In the mostly dark, we hauled our luggage onto a sleeping train. Our carriage was easy to spot, the only Mongolian carriage amongst all the Russian carriages. It was also exclusively ... Read more >


Ulan Ude

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Views [133]

A small and cosy town centre, a giant Lenin head and plenty of Buddhist influence,  this really is quite a likeable city. Our hotel is a short walk from the train station. As customary upon arrival in a new town, we head to the local supermarket ... Read more >


Photos: Ulan Ude

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Irkutsk to Ulan Ude

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Leg 12: Irkutsk-Ulan Ude, 460km

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | Views [149]

It felt odd to be getting on the train knowing that we would not be sleeping on it. After a midday departure, we were due in at Ulan Ude  at 8.15pm . We still had a sleeper cabin though, the only option for this train, as it departed from Moscow ... Read more >


Irkutsk / Lake Baikal

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Views [152]

After 50 hours, we were ready to depart the train. It was only the last few that felt longish though. Given that we were arriving  at 9pm  and departing again the next morning, we booked accommodation close to the train station. Go to any city ... Read more >


Photos: Lake Baikal

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Monday, 18 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Tyumen to Irkutsk

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Leg 11: Tyumen-Irkutsk, 3120km

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 | Views [121]

This is where it gets real. 50 hours on the train. We were actually looking forward to it! Fully laden with supplies and drinking water, we boarded the train in high spirits just before dinner time.  After organising our cabin, we waited out ... Read more >


Tyumen

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Views [113]

Founded in 1586, Tyumen is the oldest settlement in Siberia. Today, is is a youthful, business centre for the vast oil region that stretches all the way up to the Arctic. And you can notice that flow of resource funding - the roads are smooth, the city ... Read more >


Photos: Tyumen

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Leg 10: Perm-Tyumen, 562km

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 | Views [163]

Our train was due for departure  at 10.30pm . Having originated in Moscow, it had a 1 hour stop in Perm.  We boarded the train shortly after  9.30pm , organised our gear, made up our beds and settled in for the night. A relatively uneventful ... Read more >


Perm

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 | Views [175] | Comments [1]

We stepped off the train in Perm and what a depressing welcome it was. Raining, wet, grey, drab and miserable. Oh, and cold. We hiked down the platform to the tunnel under the platforms and there was water everywhere. At one point a puddle so large there ... Read more >


Photos: Perm

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Moscow to Perm

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Sunday, 10 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Leg 9: Moscow-Perm, 1434km

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Sunday, 10 Sep 2017 | Views [132]

The start of the trains-Siberian line and our first overnight train. We were excited!  Departure was at the civilised time of  5pm  and given the security process we experienced at other stations, we arrived with plenty of time. ... Read more >


Moscow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Saturday, 9 Sep 2017 | Views [177]

The capital city and the home of Russia's government. And what we also discovered, a clean, well maintained city with a definite European feel. The traffic is horrendous though. Moscow is very proud of its Metro system and it's also the most efficient ... Read more >


Photos: Moscow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Saturday, 9 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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