Our Beijing experience in a nutshell

Beijing is a super busy capital of the world’s most populous nation and a home to some of the most iconic tourist attractions. It’s a place where the borders between East and West, new and old, traditional and contemporary blur. Visiting this city is an experience you’re either going to love or hate. The hustle and […]

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Datong in one day

Our introduction to China ‘Isto para mim é chinês’ (PT) or ‘To dla mnie chińszczyzna’ (PL): The equivalent of this phrase in quite a few languages compares incomprehensible things to an unknown language, particularly Chinese. That pretty much describes our stay in China, especially the first few hours. It is incredible how different the neighboring countries can be […]

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From Central Mongolia to Gobi Desert

Mongolia is not only about vast steppe. It is home to a few volcanoes (though not active ones), many lakes and the fifth-largest desert in the world and Asia’s largest – Gobi Desert. After 3 days on the horseback we moved our sore butts to the car and together with our man Ganbatar we went […]

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Central Mongolia experience on the horseback

The trip to Central Mongolia started in the crowded bus to Kharkhorin. Apart from handful of foreigners, it was occupied by Mongolians traveling with lots of stuff so that we had to squeeze our backpacks under the seats. Only the chickens were missing there. After a few hours of driving accompanied by Mongolian music hits, […]

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First ‘bite’ of Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar

It was a long day. After crossing the border with Mongolia in Altanbulag, we grabbed the cab for some spare rubles to Sükhbaatar, 25 km away from where after 5 hours we took the bus to Ulaanbaatar (commonly known as UB). The bus was full, some people were sitting even on the small plastic chairs […]

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Goodbye Lenin

After catching some rain and snow (!) on the way back from Baikal we returned to Irkutsk for one day. It was enough time to buy the next day train ticket and have an evening walk in the city. The architecture of the city is definitely nice. There is lots of traditional Siberian style wooden […]

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Magical Olkhon Island

31 hours in the train from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk; 1 hour in Irkutsk to organize marshrutka, accommodation, cash from ATM and food; 7 hours in marshrutka including ferry ride, in total around 39 hours later we arrived to Olkhon Island or more precisely – to its main village called Khuzhir. The place is a starting point […]

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On the way to Baikal

The Trans- Siberian Railway starts in Moscow and only till Irkutsk it crosses 5 time zones through around 5000 km in 4 day nonstop ride. We broke this route down to get the new food supplies, stretch the legs and feel the daily life outside the train window by stopping in a few cities during […]

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Slow day in Suzdal

Before staring the journey towards Siberia, we decided to make one more stop – a day trip to Suzdal, reachable in 4 hours from Moscow. A bit too touristic but at the same time beautiful village was for us a perfect spot for the escape from the busy capital. Suzdal was bypassed by Trans-Siberian Railway […]

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