Minging UB to Ming Dynesty
Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
42Trip End Ongoing
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As there was so little to do in UB, we chose to take some time out to relax update the blog and do some much needed washing, it was quite funny washing everything we owned whilst sat around in our pj’s hoping that our clothes would dry in time for dinner, luckily they were.
UB basically consists of 2 streets, Peace Avenue which is strewn with large shopping malls which look a bit like Debenhams, with the odd restaurant scattered along the way, and Seoul Street which is pretty much just restaurants, both are also the main roads through the city and provide some crazy traffic and some excessive horn use
Everything we read about UB warned us about muggers, pick pockets, bag slashers and general hassle from drunks, lucky we survived unscathed but didn’t really get many photos as we didn’t want to risk losing our cameras. I can’t say that I would ever feel particularly inclined to return to UB, but it was good in a way as it was nice not to feel like we had to be out and about exploring and could take some time out to relax without feeling guilty.
Unbelievably it is now time to get back on the train for the final leg of the Transiberian journey. UB to Beijing. It is only a 30 hour journey which includes 4 hours of border crossings.
This is the oldest train that we have been on yet, we still have a private room but as this one includes a shared sink with the neighbouring cabin we get bunk beds, guess who drew the short straw for the top bunk..not peg legs! One bonus of the older train was that the windows in the corridor opened and provided Tim with hours of photo entertainment. As we left UB and went through Mongolia, we had some familiar views as we had seen through the Gobi, gurs, goats, horses and camels everywhere, we also got a pretty cool final sunset over Mongolia. The border crossing out of Mongolia was relatively dull, over and done with in an hour and we weren’t allowed off the train. Then onwards to China