Friday, 4 December 2009

Trans Mongolian

The next train was between Irkutsk and Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia. We had some trouble as we got on this train, some other kindly people had taken our seats so the cabin attendent moved us somewhere else. However the train is jam packed full of locals carrying heaps of shitty stuff to trade on the way and they took offence at us being in their cabin so after lots of yelling and some pushing, shoving, and so on we got moved into the 1st class wagon. The only difference between Kupe and 1st class is that each cabin is 2 beds instead of 4. The wagon is still full of traders and their gear. At Ulaan Ude everybody piles off the train for 30 minutes with their wares and trys to sell as much of their crap as possible. Even the cabin attendants set up a stall selling silks, it's all a bit comical really.

Ulan Ude Trading
Traders selling their shit in Ulaan Ude

Not much else happened on this train, the border crossing takes about 6 hours but customs and immigration mostly ignored us to concentrate on the traders. After we got into Mongolia and on our way again the carpets in the hallway got pulled up and heaps of gear got pulled out, we assumed this was stuff they didn't want to declare/pay tax on. Everybody must know it goes on but nobody cares.

More photos here

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  1. It is the big problem in train when someone take your seats but we should solve this problem by dialog by the way i hope you enjoyed much in Mongolia and you should share you experience of visit of Mongolia with us by the help of essay writing services review or by this site and we are waiting for that.

  2. You should complain authority if we want to get back our seats that is better than fighting with people anyway we know that mostly people feel boar when they travel by train so i suggest them to have some books or ninja essay for reading to satay away from boring.