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The Mongol Rally Diet

September 7, 2011 11 Comments »

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“I’m starving!” I said as the Russian waitress brings out the menu with the usual cold grimace on her face. I eagerly open up the menu so that I can find something to eat, my eyes focus on the words and then it hits my brain; I have no idea what this menu says. The […]

Kazakhstan’s Secret City – Astana

August 22, 2011 11 Comments »

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I expected poor roads, hot days, car issues, team disagreements, dirt, hunger, and communication challenges. But there was one thing I didn’t expect – Kazakhstan. The 9th largest country in the world has knocked me off my feet…my smelly, hot , dirty mongol rally feet. The environments and unfortunately road conditions in Kazakhstan change wildly […]

Setting Up Camp – Mongol Rally

August 21, 2011 4 Comments »

  The Social Media Syndicate shows off their camping skills   This is my favorite team photo to date!  We rolled into this dried out lavender field while the sun was setting and quickly jumped to action setting up camp before we lost the light.  This was our 3rd night of camping in a row […]

Camping on the Mongol Rally

August 19, 2011 4 Comments »

  The best thing about camping on the Mongol Rally is peeing in the desert under the stars. It’s bliss. And it’s certainly better than Kazakhstan gas station bathrooms where you have to plug your nose and try to wipe the disgusting memory from your mind before it scars you for life! I’m not much […]

The End of The Road – Mongol Rally

August 16, 2011 3 Comments »

  After camping without much preparation the night before, all the teams got up, took down camp, and drove into the next town, Atyrau, where we promptly used my Lonely Planet digital guide to point us to a restaurant with breakfast. We were all starving, and the restaurant served a proper English breakfast. We inhaled […]