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Taklamakan Desert, China – August 28, 2014

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August 28, 2014 China! We finally arrived in Kashgar, the Magical City of the Silk Road. Our cute guide, Zhang Zhiqiong, was waiting for us. An English major, she chose the rather unusual name of “Green” as her English nickname.…

Neural Activity

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We managed to navigate the 2nd ger visit without having to consume any fermented mare’s milk, which I have to say, was a bit of a relief, as all reports suggested that it would go through us quicker than rancid…

Wrestling on the Steppe!

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We really needed the day off.  It’s quite draining being on the move consistently. After our short but relaxing hibernation the time came and we headed off into Tsetserleg, found an internet café and caught up on the mundane tasks…

Rice and Milk Tea in the Gobi

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This morning we were off to the Mongolian Embassy to lodge our visa applications. We were greeted by light snow on the walk over and I can tell you that was refreshing. We entered a small room and prepared our…

Photos of Biking Across Mongolia

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Having made it to Kharkhorin and had a look round the Erd Zuu monastery, I was looking forward to beginning the off-road adventures through Mongolia. Alas, progress has been made and the tarmac extended for a couple more days’ ride……

Naadam Festival – Horse-Racing

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The second day of Naadam, I took a bus 40km out of UB with Dimitri Kieffer (who is circumnavigating the world by human-power and I’d highly recommend following his journey), who is also in town, to where the horse-racing was…

Gandan Style – Photos of Gandantegchinlen Monastery, Ulaanbaatar

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I’m now in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s thriving capital, where half the country’s population lives. Finding it too easy to linger here, I have not yet been packrafting, so instead I’ve been seeing some of the sights. And those include Gandantegchinlen Khiid.…