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