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Around the World in 80 Days (and 32 Pictures)

by Mark Schatzker

RIDING THROUGH MONGOLIA IN STYLE

You could be forgiven for thinking that our UVZ—which stands for Ulianovsky Auto Zavod and is pronounced "uvzee"—is a lovingly restored 1960s van. It is, in fact, nearly brand-new—a 2005 model, replete with no seatbelts, a one-speaker stereo, and an underpowered engine that smells of kerosene even though it runs on regular gas. The vehicles are both abundant and cheap in the area, plus they have four-wheel drive.

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