The Culture Vultures

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Saturday, June 5, 2010

DOMINIQUE HERE :

OK this is a short blog today. I just want to upload some photos but it's nearly 11pm (very late by my standards!!) and we need to get up at 5.30am for the early train to Beijing.

So having had a good night's sleep we felt ready to tackle another day in the capital. We met up with Andreas (who we met on the train from Moscow) and did the cultural thing visiting some museums and temples. It was cold and rainy today, but not that we minded too much....as our thoughts kept going back to the national park and all the dead animals that we saw, we realised that the rain is exactly what they need to make the grass grow, which in turn will provide food for the still starving horses, cattle, goats and sheep that have suffered so much this winter.

We also bought a couple of nice little paintings from a Scottish lady who runs a fairtrade company in  UB and has been living here for 7 years. She explained to us that not only has the winter been extremely harsh this past year but it also started much later than expected. As a consequence, the farmers who would normally slaughter the animals which would provide food over the winter months were not able to do so. This is because the mild weather meant that they were unable to store the animals - normally when the weather turns cold (ie below zero) the meat will naturally freeze ensuring it lasts the winter months. Because they could not slaughter the animals it meant that the farmers had to use up all their last reserves of food to feed them during this time. The overall effects are such that it has been classed as a national natural disaster. We only hope that there are heavy rains over the next few weeks since the weather will turn colder again in august and many more animals will die if they have not had the chance to build up their strength over the summer.

Anyway, after the visits to the museums and temples we went out for an all you can eat Mongolian BBQ..and believe it or not they had vegetables...yeah!!!

So off to bed now so I can actually get up tomorrow.

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Doms Brother on

Dom & Kev - been on holiday for the week with the kids at the van without internet access so just caught up on your trip now.

As mentioned before skype runs all day on my laptop when I am at work - UK time is the only problem so if you login to a internet shop in the early evening maybe we can catch-up. Best of luch.

Doms Brother

Eileen on

BBQ looks great .... eat up the veggies Dom.....glad to hear you are both still and well .... :o) ....cath up soon xx

Eileen

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