Five Foot Traveller Blog

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Double-humped camels, Mongolia

I thought I’d lost these photos- I know I snapped some photos of camels but somehow couldn’t find them on my netbook. Then I went through the images on my SDHC card and found...

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What I’ve learnt so far

I’m feeling lighthearted today and in the spirit of said lightheartedness, here’s a list of what I’ve discovered after travelling for six weeks: 1- Of the countries I’ve visited, China has the best street signs...

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Bad start in Ulaanbaatar

  The sound of car horns all around you. Not short, little toots but long, drawn-out angry blasts to intimidate. Coming at you from left, right and centre. Brakes screeching. More horns. Shouting. Then- crash. Welcome...

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Gorkhi-Terelj Park, Mongolia

One of the best things about Mongolia is that even when you’re in Ulaanbaatar, its dusty, chaotic capital, the countryside is never too far away. Gorkhi-Terelj Park is two hours from the city and...

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Diamonds over Siberia

  This is my first night in a proper bed but I cannot sleep. For five nights, I was soothed by the gentle left-to-right rocking of my train. This same rocking put me to sleep...

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Russia, in photos

I’m writing this thousands of miles away from Russia, a country I was very sad to leave. I never thought I would enjoy Russia as much as I did – even now in Beijing,...

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Tips for the Trans-Siberian Railway

There are two main points about the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railways. The first is that the Trans-Siberian proper runs from Moscow to Vladivostok and the second is that the railway branches out from Ulan-Ude...

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Moscow to Irkutsk

    Three days ago, I boarded a train from Moscow. My destination is a town called Irkutsk, the main stop for Lake Baikal. This is a four-day journey and I’m expected to reach...

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Arriving in St Petersburg

    When does one start feeling for a city? What is the IT factor that makes you either hate or love a particular place? St Petersburg started out badly for me. I don’t...