The art of the Musher - Day 12

Thursday 16 March

The art of the Musher……

 Mungo and I enjoy a leisurely breakfast. The girls in the kitchen have knocked up bacon and eggs without being asked. The sun pours through the window...

30 May, 2017

The Road to Lake Baikal - Day 11

Wednesday 15 March

The road to Lake Baikal…….

A second dawn in Irkutsk. A mist shrouds the Angara River. Mungo’s normal speed of movement resembles a snail crossing a glacier. This morning the...

17 May, 2017

Arrival in Irkutsk - Day 10

Tuesday 14 March

I wake in the early hours and pull up the blind. The moon is still high and bright. We are passing through short tunnels cut out of the rock above a steep bank, which overlooks a...

09 May, 2017

Mother Russia - Take 2 - Day 9

Monday 13 March

We reach Suukhbaatar at 8am the next morning. Surprise. Surprise. The Mongolian passport control officer, complete in her fur trimmed coat and leather boots, is the same one who...

04 May, 2017

Finding Genghis - Day 8 (part 2)

A Mongolian ski resort…….

As we drive north east out of town, Natalie diverts from the main road onto a private development consisting of a number of modern two storey dwellings. All very 21st...

02 May, 2017

A Shaman Adventure - Day 8 (part 1)


We meet Natalie in the lobby at 10am after a leisurely breakfast. We are off to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, some 80 kilometres north east of the capital.  We drive...

25 April, 2017

A stroll through Ulaan Baatar - Day 7 (Part 2)

A stroll through Ulaan Baatar……..

Mungo is up, showered, changed and hungry. We decide to take a walk around the centre of town and find somewhere to eat. We set off. It is a bright clear cold...

20 April, 2017

A Travelling Companion - Day 7 (Part 1)

Saturday 11th March

I wake in Darkhan. How appropriate. It’s dark. The second largest city in Mongolia has a population of some 200,000 and is situated halfway between the capital and the northern...

18 April, 2017

Making The Most Of It


As we rumble away from the Russian Border and re-enter Mongolia, contact is reestablished with the outside world. My phone starts humming, buzzing and pinging as 24...

13 April, 2017

Day 5: Back to Mongolia...

Friday 10 March

A night on the benches………

I doze off and on into the early hours. The young guard has gone off to chat up Anna in her office next door. I can’t blame him. I hear occasional...

10 April, 2017