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... embrace growth and technology whether it be motorbikes for herding animals, cell phones for reindeer people, or satellite TV for remote gers dwellers. Mongolia is courted by China, Russia and the world for its minerals and the mining sector is growing rapidly. The hope is that some of the riches will remain in the country once the multinationals have slaked their thirst and that the land will still nourish the animals and people who love and rely on it.
... runner. In other words, Mo Farah could've piggy backed me there quicker. Once you're outside of UB, this is pretty much all you see. Whilst on the one hand it can seem a little dull, on the other it is refreshing to see a land as natural and untouched by the modern world. There's no permanent buildings here, no roads, no electricity (solar power in evening), no phones, no bathroom.....just a very basic lifestyle involving horses, yaks, goats and sheep (and a ...
... from now). This afternoon's class with the older monks went extremely well, and over the last few hours I've had nearly all of the novices and a few of the older monks visit in my ger. Only one of them knows enough English to converse in English, but the rest of us really did have a great time communicating in all sorts of ways. The novices seemed eager to tell me what colors things were, and to say good evening, hello, good bye and see you tomorrow. Next door a ...
... in Mongolian with English subtitles. It's a very cool ...
... To explain a little, in all previous Mongol Rallys most teams would just leave their cars in Mongolia and they would be sold off for charity. However, in the last 12 months, the Monglian Government has brought in an import tax for all cars over 3 years old which starts at about $4,000 and goes up depending on the age and size of engine of the car. Therefore, since most teams (and certainly not us) do not want to pay this, you have three options - 1) pay the rally organisers ...