Monday, September 1, 2008
The rest of Mongolia
The rest of our time in Mongolia was fairly uneventful. We spent some time wandering around the extremely small capital city of Ulaanbaatar, ate some more Western food and checked out a museum. There didn't seem to be too much to do in Ulaanbaatar so we were a little bored and we weren't in Mongolia long enough to go on one of the expeditions to the countryside.
On the evening of July 13 we hopped on our train that would take us the 17 hours back to the border town to cross back into China. This time we bought bus tickets in advance to take us across and they were much cheaper.
Just like when we were heading to Mongolia we were having a race with the clock on our trip back to China. Jon and I had tickets on a train from Hohhot that evening at about 7 and so we had to make sure we got back in time to make the train. Crossing the border took considerably longer this time around but once we were through we were able to buy bus tickets on the next bus and grab some lunch in Erenhot. Our trip to Hohhot was relatively uneventful except for the fact that I was feeling miserably sick. We made it to the train station about 30 minutes before our train left, which was cutting things a little close but we made it so that was all that mattered.
We had hard sleepers for the trip back and so I took some medicine and went to bed.