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Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Monday, March 8, 2010

I had about 2 hours sleep and Erica had none. The train arrived at 06:30 local time, by the time we had picked up the bags and headed for the exit about 40 Mongolian people were pushing and shoving to try and get into our cabin to 'reserve' any untaken seats. Predictably i got pushed and shoved all the back into the main carriage way and pushed into the Police mans cabin. After about 5 mins we pushed back and forced our way off. Again its all very very hectic and paranoia of pickpocketing is rife in my head. As we get off the train we see a sign saying with Erica's name on it, Brilliant. I said "there we are their here", Erica responded "oh my god my whole nose and the contents have already frozen". It is very very cold. After about 10 mins drive into the city it was notable warmer and the thermometer outside the hotel read -28 degrees celcius. The driver reckoned it was easily below - 35 at the train station. My whole tash had frozen and when I breathed out through my nose the layer of ice grew thicker.

Had breakfast at UB a beef soup with boiled rice which was great. Erica had Jame and bread. We celebrate no more mash and noodles, although I think I may be addicted.

Went to sleep for a couple of hours before exploring the town, everything is closed today as its Women's day, so the whole town is buying cakes and flowers for mothers, girlfriends and wives. All very nice.

In a celebration we went out to a place recommended to us and had the biggest plate of food I've seen in two weeks. My shrunken stomach could not handle it. It was beautiful, a real taste sensation in comparison to cat food. I had Mongolian lamb kebabs and Erica had..... oh yes a cheeseburger. But it was bloody good. Had two pints and a half pints and the bill came to a ten pounds extravagant but necessary. Our accommodation has now dropped to 5 pounds a night from 11 so we are still under budget. Hooray.

Got chatting to a few people in the hostel and amazingly a really funny German guy was leaving who insisted I must join him for a few Vodkas. Still not eaten since lunch and now its bed time.

Erica edit:  Received an email today from The Soul Kitchen in St Petersburg to say that they have my immigration card and can send it on to me!!!  It must have fallen out of my passport when they were taking all of their photocopies.  Bit late now, my visa expires for Russia tomorrow!!!  Might make a half decent traveller yet!!!
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