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Photos From The Books!
Photos From The Books!
We spent a few days less than a month in Mongolia, as after our horse trip to the Orkhon Valley, we found ourselves essentially confined to the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Still, there was more than enough weirdness in that one city to keep us occupied…
The entrance to the Lotus Guesthouse didn’t look particularly welcoming…
Likewise, the entrance stairwell had seen better days…
Wild Mongolian horses, roaming free, amidst the endless, unspoiled wilderness.
Every time we stopped for lunch, Soyol would decant her supplies from the back of the van, and use its floor as her kitchen!
If you look very closely, you can just see me at the top! This was the rock-pile I climbed on our first day – only to find out my camera battery had died…
Vicky proving that the chances of seeing any more traffic in the next few minutes were fairly remote!
Building the Ger tent was educational and fascinating. And it took less than an hour, from start to finish!
A ger, in the first tourist camp we visited, in Kharkhorin. The one I helped build is next-door!
The indoor plumbing obviously wasn’t connected, so I guess this was really just for display…
Vicky posing with a magnificent Golden Eagle outside Kharkhorin Temple.
Boiling mare’s milk to make two products; airag, a fermented alcoholic drink, and urum – a spread make of the scum scraped off the top…
Horse parking, nomad style.
A bridge we crossed in the van, which wasn’t in the best state of repair.
My horse. I think I outweighed him.
We only visited the Mini Gobi for a couple of hours, but that was long enough to walk all the way around it! Not that you can tell from here – it looks like an endless sandy desert.
When Vicky took her turn on the camel, we all held our breath. It went fine – until it came time to get off. The camel obviously didn’t want to let her go…
Can you see it? A week living on mutton sharpens your eyes, and Vicky spotted this KFC sing from two blocks away – THROUGH another building!
KFC was the coolest new thing in town – all the wealthiest residents of Ulaanbaatar were out in force, buying ridiculous quantities of food…
The famous statue of Sukhbatar, in the centre of Ulaanbaatar. Three of the top ten things to do in the city were this statue. The next four were the surrounding square, and that big government building behind it.
How badly do you want to go into THIS karaoke bar?
We found this sign on our exploration of UB’s back streets. Oi! No trumpet playing!
This is the National Childrens Park in UB. It’s also the only children’s park. In the COUNTRY. All it needs is a set of swings…
The Costume Museum visited by Vicky and Roo left something to be desired…
The exploding power socket at the Lotus Guesthouse left quite a mark.
Roo loved the mini shopping trolleys in our local UB supermarket…
…Whereas I was more impressed with the sheer variety of vodka on offer. Here’s an entire aisle of the stuff!
Buying our fake flight tickets to China. This is Roo’s “this is never going to work” face.
Our fake flight tickets in and out of China! Not bad, for $5 a pop.
Just nipping to the shop from Bert’s Eco Ger Camp. He really did pick a nice place to set himself up!
The outdoor plumbing in Bert’s eco-ger camp was very clever – a small water holder, and it drained straight into the grass below it. Genius!
One horse town… and this is the pub.
I just had to strip off and plunge into the glacial river outside Bert’s Eco-Ger camp. And his kids just HAD to come along at that exact moment! They built me a nice fire, though.