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  • The Iron train

    Mauritania, Northwest Africa’s large desert country, has only one train line. Built by the French after discovering significant iron ore deposits in the middle of the Sahara, it stretches across 700 kilometers from the mining town of Zouerate to the port of Nouadhibou on the Atlantic coast. The trains consist of over 200 carriages, totaling…

  • #14 : Stop in Mongolia

    Beijing is awakening. It is nearly 6AM, there is no cloud in sight and the first sunbeams foreshadow a hot early-summer day. I soon make it to the central station, and as I board train K23 bound for Ulan-Bator, I realise it is the first time I am travelling west since I set off nearly…

  • Nomads?

    Nomads? The nomadic lifestyle in Mongolia is falling into gradual decline. In June 2018, I lived about ten days with a Mongolian family in the province of Bulgan, 300 kilometres west of the capital Ulan-Bator. Beyond the splendid landscapes of the steppe, picturesque scenes of herders shearing the sheep or children playing outside the yurts,…