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Ulan Bator down town

In Mongolia we arrived in the main capital of Ulan bator. City is not that big and under cunstruction. Our hotel was in a not so pretty neighborhood. First we couldn't believe our bus stopped at this part of the city. But it did. We got of and checked in. From the inside the hotel wasn't even that bad. Our first shower we took, was cold, no warm water. We called front desk and told the problem a guy came up and looked at the shower (he didn't do more than look). Than he went out open't a manwhole in the street and went down. We could all see this from our window. This was really strange seeing that guy dissapear in the street. After 10 minutes he came out got back to our room and YES the water was damn hot. We thanked him and he left. Finally our well deserved shower.

After our shower we left the hotel and explored the city, almost everything is on walking distance.

On our way to see a real Mongolian family
First stop was a cafetaria for a good breakfeast, we decided to go for a full English one. We sad down outside in the sun and got our breakfest, it tasted amazing, after the food on the train. It was not bad, but no english breakfest. We really enjoyed it. Next stop was the city centre with all it's great historical buildings, we took pictures of almost everything. At night we and one of our travelmates went down to the irish pub in the centre of Ulan Bator, it was big and very new!! Lots of tourist gettered hear and had a drink or some food. They even had vip rooms upstairs. Hardly no Mongolian people in the pub, the can't afort it. To bad!!

The day after got up early and had breakfest in the hotel, it was good nothing more to see. After breakfest the bus left  out of Uland Bator to Terelj National park. The Park is situated at 80Km.

In the Ger
north east of Ulaan Baatar, and is a very popular area both with the locals on a week end and with foreign tourists. It took us nearly two hours to drive from the capital as the roads were pretty bad. The park lies at 1600 metres high and offers great opportunities for hiking, horse-riding, rafting and rock climbing. The parks is over 1.2 million acres large. But it was a great drive!! The views were amazing. We arrived at a "GER' Resort in the middle of Terelj National Park. The spot was Amazing!!!! The resort had about 20 traditonal ger tents. Each couple of our group got there own. Inside there are 2 separate beds a little sink (no hot water) and a wood stove. It all was painted in traditional orange colors and made it look very cozy.

Nearly all herders live in white gers (felt-lined tents, yurt in Russian), a characteristic sight throughout Mongolia. Each family has their own ger.

Ulan Bator
A ger is a herder's most important possession. When a couple gets married the family builds or buys them a new ger. This family has bought the lattice work, but they are making the felt covering themselves. they may look small from the outside, but gers can easily accomodate a large party! The ger is heated by a stove standing in the center, fueled by firewood or animal dung. Seating arrangements in gers are important - the most honoured guests sit at the top left end of the ger, further from the door, and least important ones along the left side closer to the door. Family members usually sit on the right side of the ger. The furniture is always arranged in the same way: kitchen to the right of the door, altar in the back, and beds to the left and right of the altar.

We also visied a reall traditional Ger family and were invited in there Ger. They offerd us real Mongolian food all made from horsemilk and we must say it tasted really bad!!!! We mean really bad, even the liquer they made from it, wich was warm didn't tasted good!! The drink is called Airag and is made of fermented mare's milk has a slightly acid taste and great for treating thirst.

The beverage makes one of main ingredients of the summer diet of Mongols and no a festive is complete without it.

Airag is produced throughout summer in a specially made hide skin bag. First, fresh milk is added to leaven and then the mix is regularly stirred by special wooden stick. Fresh airag is basically mild but if kept for long enough it may turn sour and acidic. Old airag may contain up to 18 proof or equal to that of wine.

To bad we slept only one night here, we really liked to stay more, it was really great. But we sure come back here and stay longer. After the Ger trip we went back to Ulan Bator and stayed one more night in the hotel. The day after we left pretty early with the train on our way to china!!!

 

 

 

 

Travelbuddys says:
Yes we too!!!
Posted on: Feb 07, 2009
Flyinhigh says:
Ugh, hate cold showers!
Posted on: Feb 07, 2009
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Ulan Bator down town
Ulan Bator down town
On our way to see a real Mongolian…
On our way to see a real Mongolia…
In the Ger
In the Ger
Ulan Bator
Ulan Bator
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Stopping at a station just before…
The Ger Camp
The 'Ger' Camp
The camp dog
The camp dog
Ulan Bator station
Ulan Bator station
Tradional ger camp
Tradional ger camp
NO its not mine!
NO it's not mine!
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset above the camp
Sunset above the camp
It got pretty cold at night, thank…
It got pretty cold at night, than…
Getting on the horse was the worse…
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