Mongolia Journal ~ 3 Getting into the swing of things (with eagles!)

This is the third edited extract from my Mongolia Journal, covering days 3 and 4 of my two-week horse trek. With photos! 27 June 2015 Lunch stop - Day 3 We’re at lunch in a long flat valley with a train line and a town in the distance. The night was wild and cold, and … Continue reading Mongolia Journal ~ 3 Getting into the swing of things (with eagles!)

Mongolia Journal ~ 2 Into the steppes

I've finally got my act together and have started blogging edited extracts (and PHOTOS) from my Mongolia travel journal. If you missed the first post, it's here -- First Impressions. This post covers the commencement of our two-week horse-riding expedition. Owing to the nature of journals, events are not necessarily presented in sequential order, so … Continue reading Mongolia Journal ~ 2 Into the steppes

Mongolia journal ~ 1 First impressions

It's over a year since my Mongolian adventure, and I haven't got near all the blog posts I was going to write. Thank goodness I kept a daily journal, or I'd have forgotten so much already. I always intended to write themed posts about my experiences, rather than simply transcribing my journal. But... I've left … Continue reading Mongolia journal ~ 1 First impressions

Travelling in the 90s: Venerable Rome

It's been a year since I posted the last extract from my 1993-1994 travel journal for the Travelling in the 90s series. I've been distracted. But there's only a couple of weeks of Italy to go on the entire trip, so I'm going to focus on getting to the end. Our last stop was Florence … Continue reading Travelling in the 90s: Venerable Rome

A day at the races, Mongolian Nadaam style…

It's been hard to avoid horse racing in Melbourne this week. The Melbourne Cup carnival seems to get more hyped every year, and all week it's been a frenzy of fashion, ridiculous weather and thoroughbreds. I largely ignored proceedings (although I'm regretting that now, given the inaugural win of the main event by a female … Continue reading A day at the races, Mongolian Nadaam style…

The treacherous footpaths of Ulaan Bataar

Before I went to Mongolia, my aunt said to take a torch. Well, doh! I'm camping... "No, not for the camping. For the footpaths in Ulaan Bataar. They're really dangerous at night! You could hurt yourself." I thought, yeah, right. But, well... Ulaan Bataar is many things. Well-maintained is not one of them. We spent … Continue reading The treacherous footpaths of Ulaan Bataar

Horse trekking in Mongolia – part 2

I started to tell you about Mongolia... and then I got distracted by houses getting demolished and an epic night of D&D. But today we return to the steppes and the horses. The earlier post (part 1) covered the logistics of the horse trek and how I managed the riding. Today I want to talk … Continue reading Horse trekking in Mongolia – part 2

Riding into the storm

This is a blatant leveraging of the weekly photo challenge theme of half and half as an excuse to publish more photos (and tell a story) from my recent trip to Mongolia -- a land of big sky, spectacular clouds and sweeping grasslands. The horizon draws the eye repeatedly and bisects many of my photos, … Continue reading Riding into the storm

Horse trekking in Mongolia – part 1

I'm now back from my latest international adventure, the focus of which was a two-week horse trek across the steppes of Mongolia. It was an amazing trip: challenging, inspiring, fascinating. And boy did it go quickly. Over the coming weeks I intend to write a series of posts about my Mongolian experiences. (There's so much … Continue reading Horse trekking in Mongolia – part 1