Countryside,Horses and Evil Camels....

Trip Start May 30, 2006
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Trip End May 29, 2007


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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Didnt make it to the circus on thursday, we went out for korean food with people from the hostel. Nam, one of the guys we met on the train, treat us all to the meal and it was amazing.

Went on the trip on friday with John,Tatiana and Mark to the ger camp in Terelj national park. the scenery there was fantastic, went for a walk for an hour when we got there before lunch and got some good views around us. Lunch was rice, boiled mutton, peppers and cabbage, it was really tasty and apparently typical Mongolian food.
After lunch we went horseriding to turtle rock, we paid extra to do three hours as we were having such a good time, its definately the best way to see the countryside. think i got the crazy horse tho, as it always wanted to be at the front and wasnt very keen of walking so i spent a bit of the trek alone cos i kept going off for a canter,or a couple of gallops which were great fun! When we got to turtle rock it was like a halfway point and the horses must have known cos they went and 'parked' themselves and we dismounted, only Marks horse lay down with him still on its back!! it was the funniest thing to watch!
there was a scary moment where it started to rain heavily on the way back, it only lasted about 30 seconds but was enough to spook Johns horse and it threw him off and took off. he was ok though and got back on once the horse was brought back. Micks horse wasnt the most energetic, and he nicknamed him Eeyore, mine was Speedy.

When we got back to the camp one of the guides from the horse trek asked if we wanted a camel ride, but we were all a little achey so saiod we'd wait a bit. Went back up to the ger and chilled out for a bit and our meal was brought up. It was pretty much the same as lunch but with pasta instead of rice. I was the only one who wanted a go on the camel, mick wasnt feeling too good and i think the others had already ridden a camel before, so off i went. The guide said the camels name was Timmy, but we fell out big time cos for some reason he got spooked on the way back and threw me off. Couldnt move when it first happened and was pretty scared cos i landed on my side and banged my lower back and head off the ground, and my head was really fuzzy for a while. Took a bit of time but i sat up and once my head cleared a bit i started to walk back to the ger, took me a couple of stops tho cos i felt dizzy. Tatiana John and Mark stayed with me the whole time, think they were a bit worried, but the father of the family came over and gave me a crazy head and neck massage which actually helped alot so after a while i managed the walk back back up to the ger. Didnt really do anything the rest of the night cos was in agony so just got some rest and me and Mick chatted to the son of the family who came up to check on me. He was a really cute kid and, through a few english words and alot of hand actions, we found out he was going to be wrestling in the Nadaam festival.

Was nice just spending some time in the ger with our new friends, had a few crazy conversations speculating what the giant rock suspended from the top of the ger was (it was actually a weight to stop the outside blowing away in big winds - the son told us later on through a pretty funny mime) and just talking about the places we live and stuff.

Didnt make it on the couple of walks that the rest of them went on the next morning, and then the van came back to pick us up about 11.30 and we headed on the (very uncomfortable) journey back to Ulaan Bataar.
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