S: Trans-Siberian 2010
1: Leaving Japan after living there for four years, I decided to take the long way home while travelling with Lianne. From Beijing, China to Mongolia then on through Russia It's a month long adventure with an amazing friend!
2: Luggage is mailed home and for the next month all I have is this backpack and its contents
3: Pakistan Airways August 16th, 2010 Narita, Tokyo to Bijing China
4: First View of China | Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium
5: Whirlwind money seeking/train ticket buying bike tour!
7: The Forbidden City
9: No need for diapers or clothes. Kids are encouraged to relieve themselves whenever they want and where ever they may be. Even if it's on a crowded street | Around Beijing
10: Night Food Market Locals used to eat some of these 'specialties' but not it's mostly a tourist attraction with over-inflated prices. Tourists try different dishes but often half of them end up in the garbage where they are picked out by people living on the street and looking for a little food. As I was finishing off my last sip of a bubbling tea a guy picked out a piece of chicken on a stick from the garbage and ate it right in front of me.
11: Tried the mini scorpions - tasty!
13: Temple of Heaven and Hutong
14: Street Art or Practicing Poetry
15: Having fun at the Acrobat Show - We were told that this group performed at the Olympics!
18: GREAT WALL OF CHINA
20: Leaving China... | Trans-Siberian 2nd class car from Beijing through China - August 21st, 2010
21: ... entering Mongolia | August 22nd, 2010 Mongolia!
22: On the train
23: Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
24: Only a couple days in Ulaan Baatar but that's pretty much all we needed. The days we took in the sites and town while at night we grabbed a quick drink and rested at the Ulaan Baatar Backpacker's Inn
26: 7-day Gobi Tour
29: There are no seat belts, incredibly loud engine, and dust and heat overtaking the inside of the van. It takes all your strength to not fly up and hit your head on the roof so for the ENTIRE ride you can't read, talk or play any games. All you can do is look out across the open nothingness that is Mongolia. It's an untouched, unaltered and wide open beautiful landscape.
30: GERS The traditional way to live. Families sleep, eat and live all under one roof/room. It's cozy at night and cooler during the day. With no shade and the sun beating down on you during the middle of the day it's a welcomed escape.
31: Life as a Kid in Mongolia: Camel herders in the summer and 'city' boarding school students in the winter
32: The faces of Mongolia
36: The different sides . . .
37: . . . of Mongolia
39: Fun in the Gobi Desert
40: New Friends
42: Camels Everywhere
45: Terelj National Park
46: Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia to Irkutsk, Russia August 31st, 2010 ~ 2nd class ~
47: Irkutsk, Russia tp Olkhon Island September 1st, 2010
48: Nakita's Guesthouse
49: Lake Baikal - Largest Freshwater Lake
50: Around the Area
51: Banyas, Beer and Traditional Accordion Music
53: Olkhon Island at its finest.
54: Back in the streets of Irkutsk
56: Trains, Trains and more Trains
58: Shenanigans on the train, new friends, vodka-Russian style, medieval times mugs, backgammon tournament, card games, Russian romeos and hangovers from hell. All this and more on a 4-day journey from Irkutsk to Moscow, Russia in the 3rd class/open car. ~September 6 ~ 9, 2010~
59: First taste of Moscow ~ 09.10.10
60: Red Square
62: Gorky Park
65: A day of fur hat modelling
66: Next stop: Berlin, Germany. September 12th, 2010 After a difficult goodbye, I fly solo to Berlin. Moving ever so slowly closer to Canada
67: East Side Galery
68: Historical Tour of Berlin
71: Checkpoint Charlie
73: Back to Canada - From Berlin to London (overnight in the airport) and laptop pick up then off to Canada with the 'final' destination Kingston. | September 16~ 17th, 2011