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Inside one of the temple grounds
This morning we woke up at 6am with the provonistas telling us to get off in an hour. This shocked us, as our itinerary said 12pm. So we got ready as quick as we could still wondering if we were meant to get off at all. Its the jobs of the provonistas to know who is meant to get off where. But not being fluent in Russian, we were not able to converse much with them to confirm whether they knew we were getting off at Ulaan Baatar and not a few stops before. That would have been terrible stuck in the middle of nowhere in Mongolia without a guide and no idea where to go and when the next train was.

Our new city guide met us on the platform as usual. And took us to the hotel which we were staying at. Being super tired, from the arduous hours wasted waiting for border control to process us the night before we went straight to bed when we got to our hotel.
People going around spinning the pray wheels
We woke up in the afternoon and catach a taxi to the temple in the city. Since it was a Sunday and the holiday season (i'm not sure what holiday) , there were plenty of people out and about at temple.  Since it was so busy we decided to head to lunch instead and return at another time.

After explicitly expressing our wishes to have some tradtitional mongolian food, our guide takes us to a beer garden which definitely didn't scream Mongolian to us. What the? We were scratching our heads. There was only one Mongolian dish on the menu and a pretty disturbing pint of beer. Since we wanted Mongolian, we all order the same thing given the lack of choice. From what I remember it was pretty average.

With our stomachs filled we walked around town which isn't very big and went to the main square.
Love the local attire.
Our guide left us at 4pm. We were wondering what was going on. Isn't it the role of a guide to show you around? Sure there might not be much to do in Ulaan Baatar, but she is still meant to hang out with us. I mean the other guides did venture off to do their own thing when we were busy in museums and other sites. But we weren't doing stuff. We were free and had no idea what to do on our first day in this new place. Anyway I digress. She was rude nonetheless.

With no guide, and not sure where to go. We headed back to the hotel for another nap. Post nap we ventured out and since we had no idea where was good we didn't ventrue too far from the hotel. Went somewhere local for a few brews and called it a night. Ulaan Baatar is definitely not a city to party in during winter. I think we were the only toursts in Ulaan Baatar on that night.
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Inside one of the temple grounds
Inside one of the temple grounds
People going around spinning the p…
People going around spinning the …
Love the local attire.
Love the local attire.
Downtown Ulaan Baatar. Statue on t…
Downtown Ulaan Baatar. Statue on …
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