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  1. Rosie
    July 30, 2012

    So glad you made it to Tomsk and Kazan – my two favourite places when I took the Trans-Mongolian. And Nikita’s, of course!

    • Brooke
      July 30, 2012

      So happy we made the decision to visit both of those cities. Tomsk especially was where we got to hang out with some awesome locals and they made our stay that much more memorable :)

      I think everyone gets to Nikita’s these days! We heard people talking about it in UB and that’s what got us there.

  2. Alex
    July 30, 2012

    We also broke up our trip on the train. One day it would be cool to do it as one big run. We started from Moscow. The biggest reason we jumped off was because we didn’t want to miss all of western Mongolia. We hopped off the train at Barnaul and got a bus to Gorno-Altaisk. From there we hitch-hiked to western Mongolia and then proceeded to find shared vans or hitch-hike across Mongolia. Got back on the train at UB. Such an amazing trip. Siberia is BEAUTIFUL.

    • Brooke
      July 30, 2012

      Wow, hitch-hiking Mongolia would be quite the experience! Were you ever stuck out in the middle of nowhere waiting for a vehicle?

      • Alex
        July 30, 2012

        We got stuck at the border between Tashanta/Tsaggannur for a night without money or food. It worked for us in the end as we found a guy who found us a shack/room for us to sleep in and a little food who would bring us to Olgii in Mongolia the next day where we could pay him. Also got stuck at a place called Tsosentsengal while trying to get to Khovsgol Nuur. Ended up finding a ride further east to Tsetserleg instead.

  3. Antoinette | love.antoinette
    July 30, 2012

    One of these days, I’d love to make it up to Russia and do the whole Trans-Siberian rail journey that you two did! Sounds like you guys had so much fun!!

    • Brooke
      July 30, 2012

      Highly recommend! Who knows, maybe Russia will someday lessen their visa restrictions and make it all easier for us :)

  4. Amanda @ Farsickness
    July 30, 2012

    This looks wonderful! I’m hoping to do a similar journey someday. I can’t wait to read about the journey in detail :)

    • Brooke
      August 2, 2012

      Seems to be a popular route these days, but rightfully so! Good luck with making your journey a reality, and don’t hesitate to drop me a line :)

  5. Paul
    July 31, 2012

    Giving us some great ideas as we’re looking to do this maybe next year and we have St Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Ulaan Bator on the list.

    May need to add a few more!

    • Brooke
      August 2, 2012

      All great stops – be sure to give yourself plenty of time! It’s a big place and I felt like I wanted to explore so much more :)

  6. Franca
    July 31, 2012

    Very interesting post, especially considering we are planning to get on the Trans Siberian Train soon, even if for going in the opposite direction you did to get to Beijing.
    Thanks for the tips, we heard already about Kazan that is really worth stopping by.

    Your experience will help us in planning our journey!

    Thanks! :)

    • Brooke
      August 2, 2012

      You’re welcome! It’s a trip of a lifetime! Good luck with your planning and making it a reality :)

  7. JoAnna
    July 31, 2012

    I would really like to take the ride on this railroad someday. It’s been on my Life List for a long time. Thanks for the insight and information.

    • Brooke
      August 2, 2012

      Yeah its definitely one of those trips you don’t just head off on next month. Took us months of planning from an idea that started back in 2010! I hope you can make it happen! I highly recommend Real Russia as they helped us with everything from tickets to visas.

  8. Ryan at Travel and Graphs
    July 31, 2012

    I love train trips.Can’t wait to try one in Asia one day, especially a stop in Moscow. You make it sound so vibrant!

    • Brooke
      August 2, 2012

      Moscow was glorious, but I think I loved St. Pete’s more. Just cool places!

  9. Our Dear Lady Expatriate
    August 1, 2012

    Love this article! This region had never really been on my list, I don’t know why exactly – just maybe less exposure in mainstream travel media? But reading about your journey, along with a couple of other posts about this path that have popped up on sites like matador, it sounds like it could really be something I’d go for.

    Thanks for planting a beautiful travel seed!

    http://ourdearladyexpatriate.blogspot.com/

    • Brooke
      August 2, 2012

      My pleasure! Always love planting travel seeds :)

  10. Audrey
    August 5, 2012

    Looks like you chose a really good route! When I get around to doing that train journey I also want to make plenty of stops along the way. I wouldn’t want the adventure to end too soon!

  11. Ali
    August 6, 2012

    Andy really wants to do this someday. It sounds like fun as long as you make stops like you did. Sitting on the train for 6 days straight does not sound like fun. We just have to figure out when we have enough time to do the whole thing the way we want to. Great summary of where you went!

  12. Rebecca
    August 28, 2012

    What an amazing journey! Very high on my bucket list, can’t wait to read more about your adventures.

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