Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
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You really have to watch where you're going in Ulaanbaatar... or have a friend that's keeping an eye on you like Nora... There are uncovered manholes all over the place. It's a mystery why this one wasn't on properly... usually they're just missing. We even saw a car stuck by the side of a major road. We couldn't work out what the problem was, then we saw someone come over and help lift one of the front wheels out of a hole in the road... a hole so big that the driver couldn't drive out!
And the traffic? No words can describe it. The car is king and pedestrians are only for target practice. And the lane markings in the road are for... well, I can't work out what they're for. They seem to drive right on top of them as much as between them.
A quick snap once they reached the sanctuary of the other side and a congratulations from a local.
The Kazakh buskers were really impressive. They'd taken over a bus stop. I need such rewards for Nora and Sally to keep them walking...
At the museum, once we'd managed to get passed the museum shop with it's many goodies, we got down to dinosaur hunting. Lots of eggs, lots of dinosaurs. Really impressive but as usual, you need hours and hours to really appreciate this sort of thing.
The space helmet of a Mongolian cosmonaut. It's amazing how antiquated they look. Did they look any better when they were brand new?
At our rest stop (beer-break), on the way back to the hotel for tea, I had a chance to model my new Kazakh cap. A style of hat I'd always coveted so I was pretty happy.
I also had the chance to snap a few passing locals from our table out in the sun.
On the way to tea we had a chance to look at an 'open yurt'...
inside and out. It was for sale at about AUD18,000. The bloke selling it said that he'd even make a video for us on how to put it back together if we bought it.
And finally the Bull restaurant. Really fancy. Yes, the same one we'd already been to but we had to go back to check out the menu in full.
Notice the individual burners for the individual pots... the new style of hot-pot. This means that vegetarians can also enjoy the fun.
It was certainly a feast... But we were really here for one thing...
The bull's penis. Pretty weird looking.
I let it boil away in my pot for a lot longer than anything else.
It wasn't so bad. Texture was quite good and as usual with these things, it just took on the flavour of the broth that it had been boiled in...
But nothing could persuade Nora or Sally to partake of my penis.
On the way back we passed an accident. Not the first we'd seen on our trip. Cars aren't horses!