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Bicycle touring in Mongolia

Cycling the Gobi, a desert with surprises

By | 9th April, 2015|Categories: Mongolia, Off the beaten path, South Eastern Mogolia, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , |

It was hard to leave Ulaanbaatar. Our winter break had been good in many ways. We had created a nice social life, gotten to know quite a few really nice people, established bonds with Mongolians and with projects going on in Ulaanbaatar. But it was time to go and we were cycling the Gobi, a desert with surprises! Our goals [...]

Ulaanbaatar, a city that gets under your skin

By | 6th April, 2015|Categories: Central Mongolia, Hospitality, Mongolia, Travel tips|Tags: , , , , |

We have gotten to know the city of Ulaanbaatar reasonably well because Susanne stayed here more than two months and Martin almost six weeks. It is a city of contrast. We both felt very comfortable in Ulaanbaatar. Maybe even too comfortable. For us it was the first city in a long time where everything was available although [...]

My experiences as a volunteer in Ulaanbaatar

By | 23rd March, 2015|Categories: Central Mongolia, Mongolia, Volunteering|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

After knowing that Martin and I would split up for a while (because he was cycling through Mongolia) I started looking into what I could be doing. First my eyes were set in southern China, but soon I decided that I wanted to go to Mongolia after all and spend my time there. I was looking at [...]

Tsagaan Sar, a different New Years celebration

By | 16th March, 2015|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Central Mongolia, Hospitality, Mongolia, Volunteering|Tags: , , , , , |

In Mongolia there are two major traditional holidays. One is in summer and is called Naadam, the other is in winter and is called Tsagaan Sar or white moon. Tsagaan Sar is the celebration of the Lunar New Year, following the same calendar as the Chinese New Year. The photos of this special celebration can be found [...]

Following the south route to Ulaanbaatar, it changed me!

By | 21st February, 2015|Categories: Mongolia, Off the beaten path, South western Mongolia, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , |

In Altai I had time to think and decided on a change of plans. I now was planning to follow the south route to Ulaanbaatar. The original plan was to cycle north from Altai to Uliastai. Due to being in the winter of Mongolia I decided on the easier and shorter southern route Altai, Bayankhongor, Arvaikheer, Lun, [...]

Urumqi to Ulaanbaatar – doing it different part 2

By | 3rd February, 2015|Categories: China, Mongolia, North East China, Reflections|Tags: , , , , |

So, I arrived at Hohhot East train station at around 16:30. I was still operating on western China time and hadn't realized that the sun would already be so far down. I thought I had enough hours of daylight left, but instead I had to rush. I asked a porter to help me with my two huge [...]

Bulgan to Altai with camels and gers

By | 24th January, 2015|Categories: High mountains, Mongolia, South western Mongolia, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , |

I was nervous as I was preparing the first leg Bulgan to Altai into western Mongolia, a leg of 600km with very little supplies and people, mind I say the Gobi desert. The photos Bulgan to Altai The morning came and I was as ready as I could be with a small cold coming along. I cycled out of [...]