The Trans-Siberian and the Trans-Mongolian are names that are instantly recognisable to many travellers.
The ex-Soviet state of Kazakhstan has embraced the joke and adopted Borat's catch phrase to try to attract tourists.
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The city's utilitarian Soviet buildings are clad in dazzling white marble, and the theme continues in the airport.
Australian travellers tend to possess a rather narrow perspective on what is Asia and what isn't.
What is this place? What is this city like? What makes its people tick? And now I've gained a tiny window into its citizens' lives.
It is likely to involve plov, shorpa, non ... and quite a lot of vodka.
The past is not always distant in this part of the world.