‘I'm Tony your next door neighbour – fancy a beer?'
Do you know what the best thing is about travelling alone? it's the people you meet along the way. After being by myself for four long days, I was beginning to grow tired of dining by myself, doing the toursity things by myself and to be honest – I craved some company.
Travelling solo is great from the prospect of doing what you want, when and how you want but sometimes it gets tiring being in charge and just want someone else to make the decisions for you.
Don't get me wrong, I wasn't low, in fact I had kept myself busy planning each day (which is the trick when loneliness threatens to rear it's ugly head). You plan the next day and have a purpose for getting up: knowing that you need to make the most of every minute.
So, when I queued for the Trans Mongolian train to take me from Beijing to Ulaanabtor, the capital of Mongolia, little did I know that I was about to have the best day of my whole trip and I was about to meet the most wonderful people – people just like me with whom to exchange travel stories and dreams of other faraway places that we had yet to explore.
Little did I know that I would be sharing beers and life stories with people whom I may never meet again and if I had have known, I would have not have wanted my 36 hour journey to end.