Sophia met me at 7.30am, shortly after I’d popped into a bakery/dumpling/pancake shop and stepped out with a piping hot […]
Day 33: A Grand Day Out…From the Forbidden Palace to the Great Wall of China
Knowing in advance that this week marks the National Holiday, I knew that the city would be busy so I […]
Day 32: Having arrived… working out how to leave.
I’m surprised by how quickly I felt comfortable in Russia, so much so that my first day in Beijing felt […]
Day 31: Another capital, another big birthday.
The People’s Republic of China celebrated its 70th birthday today which means it has endured longer than its sponsor the […]
Day 30: Final Approach to Beijing (and was anybody deported?)
Back on board the train at midnight, with two hours before we were scheduled to depart Erlian, passengers settled down […]
Day 29: Are we really going to annoy the Chinese border staff?
While this was, by no means, the last train I would be travelling on, catching the train from Ulaanbaatar to […]
Day 28: Last Day in Ulaanbaatar
I’ve not even managed to scratch the surface of Mongolia with a day trip out and three days in Ulaanbaatar. […]
Public Health Reflections: Parks and Green Space
Throughout my trip across Russia, I was struck by the quality of the parks and green spaces in the large […]
Day 27: Around the world in 80 cakes #3 Ulaanbaatar
It has been a while, cake-fans, but today’s venue for afternoon tea was the Shangri-La Hotel in Ulaanbaatar. The hotel […]
Day 26 (Part 2): The World’s Biggest Statue of Chinggis Khaan
I can’t tell you how stupidly excited I was about seeing this statue. Having left the city and the smog […]