Episode 13

World Trip I (pt. 5) – Lake Baikal & Mongolia

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About this Episode

In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount our journey from Irkutsk to Mongolia, an adventure that brought unexpected friendships and breathtaking natural beauty into our lives. Upon arriving in Irkutsk, we didn't linger, quickly moving on to meet Katya, a local who shared incredible tales of her solo travels, from scaling Everest's base camp with minimal gear to navigating deserts and jungles on a shoestring. Her stories, filled with humor and resilience, were both inspiring and a stark reminder of the vast experiences the world has to offer.

Our next major stop was Lake Baikal, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and stunning natural beauty. This part of the trip was a profound experience, offering moments of reflection and connection with nature. The simplicity and magnificence of Baikal, coupled with the shared moments with friends old and new, underscored the journey's essence. As we moved into the Mongolian steppe, the landscape shifted to endless horizons and a profound sense of tranquility. This segment of our trip, marked by the rugged beauty of the steppe and the simplicity of nomadic life, offered a deep connection to the earth and a peace seldom found in urban existence.

Episode Links

  • Trans-Siberian Railway Information — Provides historical and route information about this iconic railway journey that spans Russia, Mongolia, and China.
  • Lake Baikal Guide — Detailed information on the world's deepest and oldest freshwater lake, located in Siberia, Russia, including its unique biodiversity and tourism opportunities.
  • Irkutsk Overview — Offers insights into the city of Irkutsk, a notable stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway, highlighting its historical significance and attractions.
  • Ulaanbaatar — Information about Mongolia's capital, including its history, culture, and places to visit.
  • Traditional Ger (Yurt) — Provides background on the traditional nomadic homes used in Mongolia, which the podcast host stayed in.