For me baseball is easier than tennis. But in baseball you are expected to strike out and in tennis you are supposed to hit the ball every time.
but here for recreation we play softball normally. That's easier. In school it was hardball.
I vote for 80 hours on the train. Why waste time where you don't want to be simply for the sake of being off the train? Plus you can walk around on the train. Also vote for one stop at the lake in order to explore in depth.
The gobi is far from the capital according to the map in my head. Actual maps may differ.
Wouldn't you think that there would be displays of interesting dinosaurs tho? Also I would want to see the camels. And also so many other things in Mongolia. Oh, read a book about ghengis Kahn on the train. Fabulous stuff if you don't mind blood and gore. It's sort of like a fantasy novel. Oh, and on line we have to watch the cave of the yellow dog. It has the darling east little girl as the main character.
80 hours is what I want but I need to convince my partner.
I wnat two stops at the lake both Irkutsk to go to Olkhon Island and Ulan Ude for the nice beaches.
Mongolia, I will probably be there for 8 days or so, I only need a couple in Ulaanbaatar, so I have time for the Desert, I want to stay in those tents, you know?
As for the book, I am praying some memeber of my family is going to offer me War and Peace for my Bday and I will just read it during the trip. I guess it's the ideal time to do it.
On my Lonely Planet Guide, at some point when describing the border between Russia and Mongolia and the procedures they say something like "if you haven't had time to finish War and Peace by the time you arrive at the border, relax, you'll have plenty of time while waiting to cross it".
It can take up to 11 hours