so days 4-9 were spent on the Trans Mongolian Express; the train journey consisted of eating noodles, reading, looking out the window, napping, drinking vodka, nappng, eating noodles and sleeping .... :-)
finally arrived into Ulaanbaatar on the morning of Monday 28th; we were extremly tired after suddenly loosing 6 hours at the mongolian border. It is a big city and the traffic is chaos. we spent the 1st day eating and seeng the sites which included Chengis Khan statue at the parliment building.
day 2 in Mongolia was an early rise as we had to bet the traffic for a 2 hour drive into the countryside to spend the night in a traditional ger. the drive was a bit scary as i am not sure our driver knew what side of the road to drive on! we firstly visited a nomad family in their ger; they offered us warm yaks milk tea, dried milk biscuit things, chesse and mongolian water (which is their homemade vodka) i didnt like the milk but rob drank all of his :-) in the afternoon I went horse riding on wild horses, which was kinda scary. the mountains and scenery were amazing and it's so peaceful out there. after a hearty dinner we returned to our gers to spend the night. Rob did a good job at keeping the fire lite so we didnt freeze. after a few games of cards and putting my bed back together we fell asleep. it was well cold in the morning but an old lady came and started the fire for us which made it toasty again.
we are back in the city today and leave on the train again 2m at 8am for Beijing.
lots of love
C and R xx