Rounding the world – Day 33: Beijing to the Intl Date Line

Even though I went to bed at 10pm, somehow dragging myself out of bed when the alarm rang at 7am felt like torture. I scurried to finishing uploading my photos, send a few texts, repack my suitcase and run out the door in time to catch the shuttle to the airport. Even though we were ¼ of a mile from the Beijing airport, with the … Continue reading Rounding the world – Day 33: Beijing to the Intl Date Line

Rounding The World – Day 32: Beijing, China

It was the 6am stop at Jiningnan that woke me up as the train went completely still and silent. The sun not quite out though the lights of the station and city were diluting any attempt at seeing the stars. I climbed out of the top bunk clumsily flailing to the floor only to step in the nasty sloshy carpet below me. Darn it, where … Continue reading Rounding The World – Day 32: Beijing, China

Rounding the World – Day 31: Trans Siberian Rail (Mongolia)

It was 2am when I woke up nervous my alarm wouldn’t go off. My cracked cell phone could no longer be accessed and had been my most reliable alarm clock, the iPad only seemed to do as it’s told 50% of the time. Tossing and turning, I eventually decided to just get up and get my stuff all packed and my writing caught up. The … Continue reading Rounding the World – Day 31: Trans Siberian Rail (Mongolia)

Rounding the World – Day 30: Ulan Bator, Mongolia

I awoke to the sun gently shining into to my private room as I stretched completely to fill the King size bed enjoying the fluffy pillows and soft mattress. The simple things like a real toilet and a real shower were like music to my ears. I spent the morning catching up on writing, emails, chatting with friends, family, etc. In my frenzied excitement to … Continue reading Rounding the World – Day 30: Ulan Bator, Mongolia

Rounding The World – Day 29: Central Mongolia Cont.

Having only showered once in the past 10 days, luckily in the middle, my hair was struggling to not turn into a ball of greasy tangled mess. With just a few baby wipes left, I quickly ‘bathed’ before starting the day as we did every day, with a walk to the outhouse. The small tattered wooden structure with no door, overlooking the valley as far … Continue reading Rounding The World – Day 29: Central Mongolia Cont.

Rounding the World – Day 29: Kharkhorin, Mongolia

The morning sun shined into the yurt through the small clear covering in the center. The inside was round with a hard floor covered in stained and warped linoleum. Twin beds lined the perimeter, homemade wood frames with a thin cushion over the wood plank to provide a small amount of comfort from the firmness. In the center a wood burning stove and a metal … Continue reading Rounding the World – Day 29: Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Rounding The World – Day 25: Trans Siberia (Day 3)…

I was awoken in the middle of the night at the Novosibirsk stop when the conductor unlocked my door to show my new bunk mate in. Choosing to remain asleep I laid in bed as a tall slender man tucked his suitcases quietly underneath his bunk, slipped off into his PJs and crawled under the covers into his slumber. Awkward, yes. Luckily he did not … Continue reading Rounding The World – Day 25: Trans Siberia (Day 3)…

Rounding the world – Day 27: Terejl Natl Park, Mongolia

The alarm chimed at 6am awaking me to the chug of the train engine and the bright Mongolia stars. Having only a handful of hours of sleep, I dragged myself out of bed, grabbed my glass cup the train provided with it’s steel handle, and strolled down the empty dim hallway as it wobbled side to side on the way to the tiny water heater. … Continue reading Rounding the world – Day 27: Terejl Natl Park, Mongolia

Rounding the world – day 26: Trans Siberian Rail (Day 4)…

There is nothing quite like waking up to the bright blue morning sky and the hum of the train engine. The constantly rolling back and forth as we slide between the tracks making our way further and further East. Large pine trees filled the landscape and the snow had got increasingly deeper the more east we went. Today we would make the turn south leaving … Continue reading Rounding the world – day 26: Trans Siberian Rail (Day 4)…