Louis and I have already started our travels with a delay. After we boarded our flight in Los Angeles, the plane had technical problems that required us to wait four hours for a replacement part. This would cause us to miss our connecting flight in Beijing, China.

The next available flight from Beijing to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, would be the next morning, requiring us to spend a day in Beijing. After 17 hours on the plane, we welcomed the opportunity to freshen up, relax and enjoy the local cuisine.