Tag Archives: Trans-Mongolian


Our first stop in Russia was the capital of Siberia  – Irkutsk. Siberia conjures up image of bleak freezing cold winters and hard labour. But for a couple of months of the year, the ice thaws, the grass grows green and the birds sing. When we arrived in Irkutsk after two nights and one day […]


Many factors contribute to making some long train trips more enjoyable than others. Enough food to snack on, the cleanliness of the bathrooms and the friendliness of the cabin staff are all important. But one factor stands out, and that is the nature of your fellow travelling companions (aside from Roberto!). When we board a […]


Our bags were backed and we were eager to start the next stage of our trip – travelling from Beijing to Moscow by train – the Trans-Mongolian. However, for the first leg of the trip we would travel by overnight bus to the border of China and Mongolia, cross the border by jeep then take […]