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Travel Blogs from Ulan Bator
Seit wie vielen Jahren hat es mich nicht mehr gen Osten getrieben – Osteuropa einmal ausgenommen? Vor über 12 Jahren. Warum jetzt in das mir sprachlich und kulturell nicht vertraute Gebiet eintauchen? Weil es ein Kindheitstraum ist und Träume wollen in der gefühlten Mitte des Lebens erfüllt werden. Die Transsibirische Eisenbahn muss zwar noch …
Righteo so after a full day yesterday spent dealing with the absurdity of Mongolian Customs we're back for more today.
Waiting for the promised phone call, the hours were ticking by until the last remaining minutes of morning were upon us. Increasingly pessimistic that we would be able to farewell Blanche before the day was out, sure …
Today with success will bring disappointment.
The plan is a simple one. Take Blanche to the customs office next to the train station (conveniently 400 metres from the hostel), sign a piece of paper gifting the car to the government, receive a document back to that affect and hand over the keys. From all reports it should be a straight …
This is it, the last day of decent driving.
The goal today: Ulaanbaatar!
Leaving our comfortable Ger behind, we were off but first via Khakhorin's final and possible number one attraction; the 60cm, Phallic Rock. Carved by monks back in the day attempting to persuade the friskier of their brethren to abstain, it was appropriately …
Feeling a bit better now we decided to
go to one of the famous touristic sites of UB, the Gandantegchenling
(Gandan for short) Monastery. This monastery is one of the few that
remained a bit intact after the communnists destroyed about 900 of
them in 1938 to suppress religion in Mongolia. The whole site is