More on the Trans-Siberian
Sleep was impossible due to the motion and noise of the train. We traveled through towns with names of Chita, Obluchye, Arkhara, Magdagachi, Yerofey, Amazar, Mogocha. The train dipped down to Mongolia with a late night crossing and customs. I visited Ulan Batar, the capital of Mongolia, and left the train to visit the modern city and then journeyed to Gorkhi Terelj National Park and dined at a traditional ger or yurt camp. The lamb was delicious. Returning to Russian the train moved along Lake Baikal, one of the largest freswater lakes in the world. Ulan Ude, the capital of Buryatia was next on the route and from there we visited Novosibirsk. The trip ended in St. Petersburg. A detailed description of the trip is available in my book, “Honk If You Married Sonja: The travels and essays of Sonja Klein.” Order the book from http://www.honkifyoumarriedsonja.com/ or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Next on the blog will be Kenya.