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Travel Blogs from Ulan Bator
... the alphabet game, watch the stove being lit and toast our hands until dinner which is noodles and vegetables with a sweet tomato flavour (there is a theme here!!!). This is served with the traditional drink of milky salty tea, no one but the guides favourite. It's an early night (about nine) although its difficult to sleep with the guide's snoring and ******* and despite the stove, wearing our whole wardrobe and in sleeping bags it gets very cold, the Mongolian winter is ...
... and enjoyed the scenery. The following day, to break the bumpy journey back to UB, we were invited to Masha's parents house - we had been pestering him since day 1 that he should see his family before heading back to Uni in Vienna after this trip. His Mum, Dad and aunties had laid on loads of food for us, treated us to vodka at 11am, and the last of those "tick list" items for Mongolia - fermented mare's milk. Mmmmm, ...
... grand in prime position on the main square. What a disappointment when we got inside. It was so run down, with padded doors. It looked like an asylum. The bathroom was unusable a) for the potential diseases to be contracted and b) because the town had no running water and so no sinks, showers or toilets were working. It was not a pleasant night at all, yet all we did was laugh about it.
Driving through Russia to the Mongolian border was incredible. We saw ...
... have a fantastic view. Arrival at Dzmynude 19.10 for Mongolian passport & customs checks, the people are so much less intimidating and trying to speak English to help the process, however every single border crossing they take our passports and then expect us to fill in forms where we need information off the bloody passports!! We get away about 20.15. It then off, only to be stopped a short way up the track in 'no mans land' to wait again..............are we ...
... took one part milk, one part sea water, and then heated it up and told you it was a delicious treat you should try. False. It is not so good.
Then we got to watch them make felt in the traditional way, which was kind of cool. After that there was much celebration and they offered us another delicious milk product - this was on fermented mare's milk. Yes. Sour horse milk. Nasty #2.
The afternoon we spent playing DONKEY and PIG at the basketball hoop with ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking