AFTER DIMITRI: Mongolia, I love yurt!

Okay, I’ll admit it, my title is a bit dodgy but hey, gotta come up with something, right? So, after yesterday’s «From Russia with love», today, I take you to Mongolia. 

It’s an incredible country, so big, so empty and yet, so mesmerizing and enthralling. We spent two weeks in two different regions: the Gobi Desert and the Arkhangai Province.

We arrived in Ulaanbaatar by train in the early morning, spent the night there and then took a bus to Mandalgovi, the capital of the Gobi desert region.

Here is what stuck with me from the Gobi desert:

  • the heat;
  • the dust;
  • “everywhere”, the answer to the question: «where’s the bathroom?»;
  • the emptiness;
  • the lack of variety in the food;
  • the feeling of being alone in the world;
  • the salty tea;
  • playing games with sheep bones;
  • walking for hours in the desert;
  • the kids;
  • the rock formations;
  • the tech (solar panels, flat screen TVs, cellphones)

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After the dryness of the Gobi desert we went back to Ulaanbaatar for a night before taking a new bus to Tsetserleg, the capital of the Arkhangai province. The province is much greener and the weather a bit colder than in the desert.

The things I remember most from that region are:

  • the flies;
  • the Mongolian horse saddle — NEVER AGAIN!;
  • the dry goat cheese;
  • the extremely bumpy bus ride;
  • the overcrowded bus;
  • the flies;
  • the difference in food between the Gobi and the province;
  • the sheep, goats, yaks and horses;
  • the kindness of the last family we stayed with;
  • being woken up at 7am to witness a sheep being killed, skinned and emptied;
  • did I mention the flies?

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Finally, when we got back from the Arkhangai province, we spent a couple of days in Ulaabaatar. This is what stuck with me:

  • it’s much bigger than I imagined;
  • it floods fast;
  • it’s polluted;
  • it’s invaded by French people;
  • there are no taxis, just people that pick you up on their way;
  • it’s modern;
  • the monks humming and chanting.

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Mongolia is an amazing and beautiful country. They have such a rich cultural background! I loved it and I hope I will be lucky enough to go back some day.

Tune in on Friday to see part three of the trip!

Cheers,
josh

 

4 Responses

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  2. Seb F.
    2013-05-13

    Great serie !
    I especially enjoyed… all of them ;)
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