Welcome, armchair travelers

July 11th, 2008 § 1 comment

Follow along as we travel from the steppes of Mongolia to Korea’s DMZ.

We arrive in Ulaan Bataar on July 22, where we’ll begin a journey to an area Lonely Planet calls the ‘wild west’– the remote and rugged Altai Mountain range, to witness the eclipse on August 1. While others are paying thousands of dollars to travel with tour groups, having flights, drivers, and accommodation all planned out for them (not to mention professional astronomers as guides, on hand to lead the group through the eclipse experience), we have chosen a more adventurous and less expensive DIY approach.

It took upwards of a month to organize a domestic air ticket within Mongolia (and I’m crossing my fingers we actually have reservations), there is little information to be found online, and beyond that we’ve read in LP that if we hang out around this or that market in 1 town, we can probably find a driver within a day or two to get us to the next place. Probably. And so, because I have had no other choice, I have deferred all trip planning to some distant point in the future up until now, having decided to ‘worry about it when we get there’ because there is no other way–and now that the trip is less than a week away, the excitement and anxiety is growing.

We depart Mongolia on August 8–conincidentally the opening day of the Olympic Games–and arrive in Korea, where we’ll be traveling for 2 weeks to test our next Me No Speak title. Back home on August 23.

§ One Response to Welcome, armchair travelers

  • Rob Rynski says:

    Well, you two have fun. Make contacts. Sell books. Learn new stuff. Share with the blog. I’ll be sure to send you off with a fine American BBQ this Saturday. If you come across any of the really fine pepper, I’d happily repay on you Tuesday for fine pepper after your trip. Or some Yak Milk.