Sunday, July 19, 2020

To the south, Andong & Busan

Taking a train ride south to flee Seoul from the typhoon, we first made a stop at Andong.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

South Korea, culture shock!

After all this time in the Mongolian and Russian wilderness Seoul was quite the shock, albeit a good one!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Vladivostok at last!

From our little detour to the pacific coast it was only a short hop down south to Vladivostok!

We had planned to ship our car from here, but weren't sure where to when we left home. The boys tried to convince us to share a container with their Land Cruiser and ship it back to Rotterdam. But we had other plans, Africa! 😎

Sunday, June 14, 2020

At the Pacific Ocean

First glimpse of the Pacific Ocean
After a day and night of city life it was time to hit the road again. Having caught up with the boys we did reduce our pace and decided to take a little detour to the coast, the Pacific coast 😎

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Driving around China

Stopover in Ulan-Ude

After saying goodbye to Tony and Andi we picked up the pace to catch up with the boys in the Land Cruiser. From our spot at lake Baikal it is around 3600km to Vladivostok, a bit more when venturing out to the Pacific Ocean. All this because it isn't possible to drive in China without an assigned driver/guide 🙄

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Baikal - Part Two

With no hurry to leave the area yet we drove south along the coast of lake Baikal for some more relaxing days and nights. At least that was our plan, didn't work out entirely 😆

Sunday, May 24, 2020

At lake Baikal

Back in the USSR

Leaving Mongolia we crossed our fourth time into Russia, which was a bit of a hassle as they wanted every document filled out twice. I guess to safe on photocopier costs? 🤷‍♂️

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Goodbye Mongolia!

Turtle Rock™️

Sadly our time in Mongolia was coming to an end as our visa was running out.

Before heading north to Russia we did a short trip to the east of UB.
In the mountainous forest we did a quick stop at the turtle rock (quite the tourist trap) and then headed further into the wilderness.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Around Ulaanbaatar

After our venture in the south we turned around to Ulan Bator as our time was closing. We stayed in the lovely River Point run by René from Austria. He arrived in Mongolia 25 years ago and has witnessed the growth of its capital with all its problems, more on that later.
As a perfect host he has always time for his guests and a story up its sleeve. Also worth mentioning are his perfect Wiener Schnitzel! We couldn't believe it when we laid eyes on them on the menu and nagged René until he himself manned the stove for us!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Through the dunes

Following the route further south we soon encountered the mighty Khongoryn Els. This giant strip of dunes is an amazing sight! One moment there are bushes and even green patches along the tiny stream and then the sand rises to huge dunes!

Tiny-Planet 🌏

The strip runs east to west for almost 100 km and can reach heights up to 80m!
There is only one small kind of pass/saddle where you can cross the 6 to 12 km of sand to get to the south. But before crossing over we followed it for a while looking for a nice place to camp.

Fun Fact: If there are green patches amidst a huge swat of sand it is always used for grazing. Which in turn means its usually full of goat shit 💩🤣

Saturday, April 25, 2020

On the way to the Gobi desert

We stocked up on supplies in Bayankhongor and drove further south.

Excited Martin standing on his car, don't know why 🤷‍♂️😂

After a lovely night in the middle of nowhere we soon encountered more and more camels. Somebody was really excited 🤣
The landscape gradually changed and it became more and more deserted, haha.
We also managed to loose track of each other, quite a feat in such an open and flat environment. But due to the dust which gets kicked up we usually did not follow each other close. The moment the tracks branch out its just guess work which is the "right" one and if the car in the lead made the same decision😂

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The valley of the Khan

After our windy night we continued East and spent the night on the coast of lake Terkhiin Tsagaan were we met our friends from Zürich again. The trio now complete again we climbed the volcanic crater the next day and then drove on. Cruising on the paved! road we made good progress all the way to Kharkhorin. Founded by Genghis Khan as the capital Karakorum of it's mighty empire, not much remains standing nowadays. It is said the location was chosen as the gigantic Orkhon valley was the only place Genghis could assemble and sustain his army before going to war.
Following the Orkhon river we decided to take the scenic route through the mountains instead of driving around it on the freeway to Bayankhongor. In hindsight one of the best decision we made as this turned out to be one of the highlights in Mongolia! 🤩

Typical Mongolian Family : Ger & Prius