Last Call for Khorkhog

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Where I stayed
Khongor Guest House Ulan Bator
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Mongolia  ,
Monday, September 12, 2011

Our next end destination is far western China and we needed to come up with a plan to get there. A land crossing at the west Mongolia town of Bulgan was recently opened for foriegners but we would have needed to make another long drive and availability of public transport was an unknown. The Chinese discontinued all nonstop flights from Mongolia to Urumqi. All Urumqi flights now stop in Beijing. The path least resistance was to backtrack to Beijing. The visions of Sizzler Salad Bar in Beijing was the clincher. We bought a discount flight ticket to Beijing for Tuesday night for $145, the same cost as taking the Trans-Mongolian train. The real cheap way is to take a local train to the border then bus to Beijing from there. Our budget isn't quite that tight......

That left us with 4 days in UB. We did our best to sort photos and get a few blog posts done.  But it was more fun to recount our adventures with other travelers making plans for their trips or just returning from the country. The lounge area at the guesthouse was perfect for such distraction.

Khorkhog was on our menu for each day until we left. We both thought we’d better get our fill because we will never see that again.

The day before we left, a twenty-something Mongolian girl came frantically into the Guesthouse. She was hoping to find someone to edit a Mongolian to English translation document for her work. She was willing to pay $25 for editing 4 pages!  She had a tight deadline. Dave bit and said he might do it but wanted to see what it was first.  She didn’t have it with her but said it was a cooperative source contract. Right up Dave’s alley but she did not want to email the draft.    Dave went to the office in the morning and discovered the problem. It was a 4 page template but with only the first page filled in. She still needed to write the rest of document. The deadline was set by their client. She was frantic about having nothing to show at the next teleconference. She couldn’t write contracts but she knew her project. So Dave interviewed her to finish the document. Two hours later, Dave walked out of there 32000 Tugriks richer!

The Khongor Guesthouse driver gave us a ride to the airport about 3 hours before departure. It was more than ample time. Everyone at Chinggis Khaan airport at the time was on our same flight. It was the only flight departing until much later that night. After great view of Ulaanbataar and numerous dirt tracks leading out of it, we had an uneventful flight into Beijing.

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Sharon on

David just had to try his hand at his craft one more time. And such High Pay! Glad you 2 are having fun.

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