A Tropical Getaway – Hello Mauritius!

A Tropical Getaway – Hello Mauritius!

(Photo: Ile Aux Cerfs)

Hi everyone,

The weather in the Netherlands is ice cold and grey these days – very depressing! Time to pack my bags and escape to the sun! I had to do some homework first – since I’m pregnant I cannot visit any destinations with a risk of getting Zika, healthcare needs to be good in case something happens with the baby, the risk of food poisoning should be minimal and I cannot do a lot of activities as I’m not allowed to do a lot of watersports, next level hiking etc. As some things cost just too much energy with ligament pain due to a kicking baby in my belly – tropical Mauritius is a perfect option! Let the babymoon begin! (Nothing is sponsored, all pictures are mine, scroll down for the Dutch version and different photo’s).

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The TransMongolian Express – Part 7 – The Last day in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

The TransMongolian Express – Part 7 – The Last day in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

(Photo: Me at the Genghis Khan Square in Ulaanbaatar)

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After the amazing trip to the Terelj National Park we got dropped off at the Holiday Inn Hotel in UlaanBaatar. Luckily our room was available before check-in time (YAY) so we could enjoy a good hot shower in our luxury big bathroom and take a powernap in a comfortable big soft hotelbed before jumping into the citycenter. This felt amazing! From this moment I realized how tired I was and how intensive this trip was. (Nothing is sponsored, all pictures are taken by me – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photos).

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The TransMongolian Express – Part 6 – The Real Mongolian Experience!

The TransMongolian Express – Part 6 – The Real Mongolian Experience!

(Photo: Me in front of my Yurt)

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If you think about Mongolia you think about the traditional yurts, open fields and steppe landscapes, horses, nomads, mongolian colorful interiors, ovoos (what?) and falcons…….(Nothing is sponsored – all pictures are taken by me – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photo’s!)

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The TransMongolian Express part 5: The Trainride & First Mongolian Landscapes

The TransMongolian Express part 5: The Trainride & First Mongolian Landscapes

(Photo: Me and a Mongolian Train Unit)

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I’m sorry it took a while to continue posting on my blog, especially about this trip. Maybe you have checked out my instagram page (misstravelstories) and noticed something exciting happened. I’m now at the moment (while writing this post) 14,5 weeks pregnant! Unfortunately I felt very sick in the first trimester so was not able to write any posts as the computer screen made me feel nauseous!

I was always fascinated about Mongolia and it’s culture, don’t ask me why. When I was still in high school I remember I read a article in a magazine called the ElleGirl (it does not exist anymore in the Netherlands) about 2 girls who did this trip. Since that moment it was at the top of my bucket list. And finally it was time to get on the train to Ulaanbaatar! So exciting! The train ride from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar takes 2 nights and less than 2 days. (All photos are taken by me – nothing is sponsored – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photos)

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The TransMongolian Express part 4 – The Sights of Siberia

The TransMongolian Express part 4 – The Sights of Siberia

(Photo: Me in front of a Traditional Siberian Wooden House)

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After a 4 day train ride with a Russian train at the TransMongolian / TransSiberian Express route, I arrived in Irkutsk located in the Siberian part of Russia. Irkutsk is 5193 km away from Moscow with the train and I never had any imagination about Siberia. The only thing I knew about it is that it can be -40 degrees during winter time and way in the past people were banned to this part of the world. But if you arrive in Irkutsk, you end up in just a Russian modern civilized city. Somebody was waiting for us at the platform of the train station to take us with a mini van to Listvyanka at the famous Lake Baikal and hand us over our train tickets for the trip to Mongolia. (All photos are taken by me – nothing is sponsored – scroll down for the Dutch version and different photos)

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The TransMongolian Express part 3: The Train ride to Siberia!

The TransMongolian Express part 3: The Train ride to Siberia!

(Photo: Me at a train stop with an old Trans-Siberian Express Locomotive)

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The Train Trip to Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia had finally started! This track is a part of the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Express. It is a route which is one of the longest and most famous train routes in the world, in the past used by locals to travel around when they still had a steam locomotive – and nowadays the trains are a bit more modern and still used by locals because not every city is easy to reach, and by a lot of tourists of course. (All photos are made by me, nothing is sponsored, scroll down for the Dutch version and different photos)

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The TransMongolian Express part 2 – One day in Moscow

The TransMongolian Express part 2 – One day in Moscow

(Photo: Kievskaya metro station in Moscow)

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On a saturday night at 23:55 pm I took the night train from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. This is one of the most important train routes (thats why it is train 001) in Russia, during the night, the train ride takes a little bit more time, and took me in 8 hours to Moscow. This is a quite luxury train with a first class (which we also booked), and has two (already made up) beds which you only have to fold out, in each compartment and free breakfast, water etc. In a train you cannot shower but I was all prepared for it because later on I had to spend 4 whole days in a train without a shower. Thats why I brought different kind of wet towels en wash cloths with me. The ride was quite bumpy and I did not sleep very well as you have to get used to the motion and the sounds of the train. The next morning around 6 am we arrived at the train station of Moscow. (All pictures are taken by me, nothing is sponsored, scroll down for the Dutch version with different photos).

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