Ger-ing it up
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February 6th, 2006 – by: dfoo
On the way to the ger camps, I spot a lone wander walking along the road with his horse and eagle. I don't know what it is. Maybe in my mind its how I romanticised all nomads in the dersert to be like. Just them, nature and a trusty stead. It was one of those kodak travel moments which will be embedded in your memory forever. But to make sure of that. I ask our guide if we can pull over and take a picture. Sure enough she agrees. Its not like we are working off a schedule. Since I can't speak Mongolian, our guide asks the nomad if we could take a picture of him.
Shortly after getting there we are informed that we wouldn't be going horse riding. So we walked around the hills in the snow for about an hour before sitting down for dinner and a movie. The title of the movie is called the Weeping Camel. I won't spoil it too much in case you want to watch it. But its basically about this white camel who was born and his parents reject him.
Okay I knew that life at the Ger Camp was going to be slow/boring. But this was ridiculous. Our guide obviously doesn't put too much thought into our travels and how to occupy us. She doesn't even talk to us really. So we pretty much sit around talking amongst ourselves. Besides having horse riding and meeting a traditional nomadic mongolian family tomorrow. We have nothing else to do. Our time in Mongolia is starting to look pretty grim. Nice way to ruin a holiday.
Well all is not lost. At least we have cards, and we play that post dinner and movie.
One thing which I found remarkable about the hospitality at the Ger Camp was the fact that they came in regularly to top up the fire in each tent.
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