Peaceful morning

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

We have had a lovely morning (although I missed my soup and rice and had a piece of bread with Nutella on, Erica was still conservative and had a huge piece of cake... and finished it, her donated piece from international woman's day), we walked all around Ulanbator and saw the part of own where the yurts are pitched in the city. Statistics show approximately 25% of people in the city still live in tents. I struggle to believe this as lots of the tents now have buildings built around them. We saw a guest house in one part. We then went to the Monastery which was stunning, Buddhist Monasteries are always pretty chilled places but there were lots of people feeding the pigeons, turning the 'prayer wheels?' and spinning things around in circles, which we assumed was reflecting the circle of life. We also saw praying poles and lots of trees with flags and materials tied around them. There were several annexes to the main part and we felt very chilled slowly wandering around. Then we turned around to head back and were struck with the most stunning view, the area around the temple, the city below, then snow capped peaks and beautiful blue sky behind that. Cameras don't take pictures very well when it gets this cold, its beyond me why not, maybe the air is thinner or something. It was so beautiful the ice in my moustache nearly defrosted.

We then walked up Peace Avenue and stopped Eggsy from browsing around the State department store.

We then went to the The National Museum Of Mongolia showing the history of Mongolia, it was only a pound to get in and we made the most of it reading everything in there, looking at every exhibit. Very interesting to know more about Mongolian history.

Going to head off for our one meal of the deal to have the 3pm drinks followed by food. The budget is good in Mongolia and we are struggling to spend our allowance even eating in posh restaurants with chandeliers, marble etc.

Also of note are the old timers in the city who still wear National traditional dress. They look ace but we have refrained from taking photographs of them so might pinch some of the net to attach to this. Some also appear to be dressed as cowboys which is something we didn't see in the museum.

We will not be updating for a few days now. As the temperature seems to have reached a sweltering -25 degrees (daily temperature) we have decided to spend a few days going camping. We are heading to Karakorum (the old capital), the sand dunes on the Northern bit of the Gobi (although we can not be sure where this is at the moment) and a National park for another day Gorki Terelj National Park. We will be doing a bit of horse riding, Camels are not available either because of the bad winter or the cold and god knows what else.


Erica edit:  Ok, the cake was not that big, and all the other women were eating it for breakfast, so when in Rome...
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farknash
farknash on

"It was so beautiful the ice in my moustache nearly defrosted."

loving your work

Gregg & Graeme on

I'm hoping the contense of your nose has defrosted now Mr Stephenson!!!!

Dil & Jenny on

It sounds as tho the trip is going pretty much to plan with only minor scrapes and incident so far. Fergal is spot on, this commentary is brilliant and the best start to my day each morning. I reckon you should be meeting up with Mr Wolf to go live with a Mongolian family soon so jenny and I will say our farewells now......just in case like. Remember 'You give him Dollar!!!'

Dil on

I mean Mr Kim not Mr Wolf.

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