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Travel Blogs from Ulan Bator
I'm not going to lie, I'm feeling a bit lonely and exposed out here today. To use a film comparison, a bit like the little penguin in Happy Feet who cant sing but is surrounded by every other penguin that can. Speaking of penguins, I take a long walk to the Bhogd Khan winter palace today and in addition to there being temples, inside the palace was …
We arrived to Ulaanbaatar(I will use UB) by the Trans-Mongolian Railway in the afternoon on a Sunday. The capital and largest city of the land of the nomads was quiet, the main avenue hardly used, and the main square deserted. The next day, we saw how UB is usually. The avenue that seemed so quaint the day before heaved …
... between them or lean against them as it shows disrespect; on entering the ger, you must always enter to the left and move round clockwise; you must never whistle in a ger as this sound to invites snakes; you must always accept offerings with your right hand; and you must never point your feet to the back of the ger, as this is disrespectful to Buddha.
Within 30 seconds we had broken the majority of all these rules, as Claire went to the right, Dave walked ...
... the stairs hurting her elbow, falling over coming down a hill, really hurting her ankle and trapping her finger on the train when putting the bed away REALLY hurting her finger.
2. Mongolian food is ok and very muttonesque, cheap and huge potions.
3. Mongolian money is like Monopoly money
Dave's Transport stats so far:
Planes used - 1
Buses used - 1
Trains used - 3
Metros used - 1
Cars used - 2 (+2)
... filled to the brim with salt and pepper in order for us to enhance the flavour of our dried goods; two Swedish lads who were on a round the world trip on a budget, they liked to sit in the restaurant car because it was cooler, but when Olga demanded they order something they would order and share 1 slice of bread with mayonnaise; an interesting English lad named Tim whose been on his travels for over a year and a half; a couple from Norway who like Vodka; a very tall German ...