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Ulan Bataar Bound

Off the Trans Siberian . . . onto a bus!

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Just a quick posting from Ulan Ude in Russia, where we are staying at the Hotel Baikal. For reasons beyond us (or our understanding!) Hotmail and Gmail don't seem to work, so this is how we're letting you know our next steps!

We were planning on catching a train late tonight to get us to Mongolia, but it turns out that there are no seats on that train until the 20th August!!! So, we had to do some thinking on our feet, and found a bus that leaves tomorrow morning at 7am, and should deliver us to Ulaan Bataar (Hotel Bayangol) tomorrow early evening. We have reservations at Gana's Ger where we are staying for the next four nights, and we expect to have very good internet access, so we will email and update the blog from there. Suffice to say, the Trans-Siberian was an awesome experience, but one we're glad is behind us after four nights of bad sleep and terrible food!

Ulan Ude is actually quite an interesting place to stop - kind of the boundary between Asia and Russia, and the local Buryat folks are the first signs that Asia is nearby!! The city is set in quite beautiful, rolling countryside - distinctly more attractive than west Russia, and perhaps best known for the world's largest Lenin head!! Says Lloyd, "Man, that's a big bust". We'll post a piccie tomorrow and you'll known what he's talking about (we suspect that a young Russian girl was being photographed in front of the statue for 'Find-a-Russian-Bride.com'.

OK, we're off to find some decent food (we hope).... frankly, we'll settle for edible at this point!

You'll hear from us soon . . . . we hope!!!

Posted by lloydthyen 12:03 Archived in Russia Tagged round_the_world

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