Back to the future

Returning to Ulaanbator from our homestay took another 2 day drive.  The first day we bumped and rattled along dirt roads for about an hour before bumping along a super crappy potholed paved road for another four. We stopped near a rocky mountain area beside some sand dunes, and took the afternoon for a hike […]

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Becoming family

The first two days we stayed here at the family ger were awkward.  We are sleeping on the floor.  They wake and the wife started prepping food while the husband leaves for a bit and returns to eat.  We usually try to get up around that time because after that they are both out of […]

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Mongolian Homestay

Staying with a herding family is fascinating and, for once, I’ve found a place I could NOT see myself living. It’s like we’ve gone back in time to the days of Chinggis Kahn (that’s how they spell it).  Except they have solar panels to charge the lightbulb, cell phone and satellite TV.  So they have […]

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Mongolian transportation

Let’s be frank,  transport in Mongolia sucks.  Did I expect it to be great? No.  But I did expect the time estimates from it tour company to be on target. Today we drove about 5 hours and are only halfway to our homestay. I was told  it would be 6 hours total!!  Either our new driver […]

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Flaming cliffs

In our bouncy jeep we drove about 3 hours across the scrubby Gobi desert steppe this morning to the village of Bayan.  We happened to arrive during their Naadam festival! This is a purely Mongolian thing.  Naadam means 3 men’s sport or something like that and consists of a 20 km horse ride from “way […]

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Sand in every crevice

Driving in the Gobi  is rough. Our Russian jeep has no seatbelts so it’s just super bouncy as we rumble along the dirt roads.  Most of the way isn’t even an actual road but a collection of jeep tracks all heading the same direction.  Bahggy the driver speeds along the flat areas and then suddenly […]

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Gobi

Our last night in Ulaanbaatar was rough.  Woke at midnight by Avi who had to go potty. He then came to sleep with me while Bryan went to the top bunk with Zoe.  Good thing. Avi woke again around 230 to throw up.  I quickly grabbed a towel for him. Poor guy threw up his whole […]

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Ulaanbatar

Well our first couple days in Mongolia have been great.  Our flight from Seoul was only 3.5 hours long and uneventful.  The Chinngis Khan airport is small, so it was quick to find our ride.  I prearranged for a driver to pick us up from our guesthouse. We are staying at Golden Gobi guesthouse which […]

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