And what a month its been. Shannon and I flew into Moscow on Aug 21 and took an overnight train to St. Petersburg. After three days, we took another overnight train back to Moscow where we met up with Tejal for three more days of sightseeing.
Then, on Aug 27 we started our Trans-Mongolian experience. For the next four nights and five days we traveled through Siberia by train. We stopped in Irkutsk to spend a few days a Lake Baikal before continuing our journey by train to Mongolia.
In Mongolia we spent 6 days staying with local families out in Western Mongolia. Then we spent a few days in Ulan Bator before we once again boarded the train to head to Beijing. We spent 6 full days in Beijing with a two day excursion to explore the unrestored sections of the Great Wall.
Beijing was so much fun especially because we were still with many of the friends we met on the train so we were able to meet up with them to explore the city and go out at night. Also, for the first time on our trip we had truly warm weather.
Countries Visited: 3 (Russia, Mongolia, China)
Nights Spent on Overnight Trains: 9
Nights Spent in Gers: 5
Weight Lost: 5 lbs
Things Lost: 1 (My iPhone…so a very important “1″)
Times Eaten at McDonalds: 2
Diet Cokes: 1
Money Spent: $3485 ($112/day)
Remaining Budget: $16,204.50
I’m doing okay on my budget. Obviously $112 a day is a bit high ($12 a day over our original budget of $100 a day) , but the majority of that was spent on the cost of transportation – international flights from the states, tickets for the trans – mongolian, trains (and one unused flight) to and from St. Petersburg. Also, Russia is one of the most expensive countries on our trip so I assume the costs can only go down. Hopefully the daily average will go down in the next month.
What do I have planned for the next month?
We will be in China until October 11 and then we will fly the Katmandu, Nepal to explore the city for a few days before we start our trek to Everest Base Camp.