The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway // Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia.

Guard at Lenin’s Mausoleum

Guard at Lenin’s Mausoleum

In August 2018 I took a month off to spend with my family and have an adventure.

And this was an adventure of huge proportions, we took the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow, stopping at Vladimir, Yekatrinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk (& Lake Baikal) and then travelling down to Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital (and out to the Khustain Nuruu National Park in an converted ex-soviet truck), before taking the last leg of the trainline into Beijing.

Fairy lights and plastic butterflies, Moscow

Fairy lights and plastic butterflies, Moscow

We covered phenomenal distances (6,000 miles), complicated histories (communism and it’s collapse and of course everything before and since), fascinating cultures (industrial cities, rural nomadic peoples) and had incredible surprises (mostly people).

The Trans-Siberian train (left) and the endless freight (right).

The Trans-Siberian train (left) and the endless freight (right).

Suzdal, one of the Golden Ring Towns close to Vladimir.

Suzdal, one of the Golden Ring Towns close to Vladimir.

I’m not really one for lots of words on a blogpost like this (seriously, no-one has time to read my holiday musings!) but I hope this tiny edit of the vast number of pictures I took captures something of the flavour of our journey. This trip ignited my excitement about our world. I know so little of it, but feel hungry for more.

Soviet architecture; disused water tower, Yekaterinburg

Soviet architecture; disused water tower, Yekaterinburg

Ribbons of love, tied on the line between Europe and Asia, Yekatrinburg

Ribbons of love, tied on the line between Europe and Asia, Yekatrinburg

The frankly awesome Lake Baikal, the worlds largest fresh water lake.

The frankly awesome Lake Baikal, the worlds largest fresh water lake.


KHUSTAIN NURUU NATIONAL PARK, MONGOLIA

Dawn. I wasn’t the only one up, but it would be fair to say there weren’t many people about!

Dawn. I wasn’t the only one up, but it would be fair to say there weren’t many people about!

The long-drop loo by day

The long-drop loo by day

The long-drop loo lit by night

The long-drop loo lit by night

The youngest member of the family that we stayed with.

The youngest member of the family that we stayed with.

Our transport in Mongolia!

Our transport in Mongolia!

We travelled, with the help of Eternal Landscapes, in ex-soviet vans with a guide, and stayed in two Ger camps (a Ger (very like a yurt) is the traditional home of nomadic families in Mongolia).

Prayer flags at a remote Temple in Khustain Nuruu

Prayer flags at a remote Temple in Khustain Nuruu


BEIJING, CHINA

Hutong' streets at dusk

Hutong' streets at dusk

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That’ll be the Great Wall then.

That’ll be the Great Wall then.

Inhospitable landscape for building walls

Inhospitable landscape for building walls

Through the arched window

Through the arched window