Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
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Here's proof of my previous blog post about a car getting stuck in a random hole on the main street in Ulan Bator.
The driver couldn't get going again until some bloke in the car behind went over and lifted the front of the car up.
Taking a pic of that incident has fortuitously given me a pic of the correct tecnique to hail down a passing car/taxi.
First stop today (after our morning beers of course) was the old palace. It's not really in that good a condition and most of the buildings seem to have something to do with religion. I suspect the former king was also some sort of religious leader.
Some buildings were pretty impressive but I suspect that the building material chosen loses it's shine pretty quickly.
There were heaps of these idols around. It's still a mystery to me what they have to do with buddhism and nirvana and enlightenment and all that.
I took quite a few photos but generally the buildings look pretty much alike
I wouldn't say it looks that comfortable either. It's probably more likely that it looked a lot different when it was actually lived in. I'm sure Genghis Khan's royal yurts were pretty comfy, even when he was leading a campaign across Europe/Asia. Surely they didn't lose the interior decorating art that much?
The child-king's toys were pretty interesting...
Apparently the royal yurt would be set up in the palace grounds when there was good weather.
The royal yurt is also notable in that it's made from some huge number of snow leopard skins...
From the taxi on the way to the palace I'd spotted a restaurant with the name 'Tashkent'. It's not every day that you get to eat Uzbek food so I talked Sally and Nora into walking there for lunch.
Quite a fancy restaurant with some interesting items on the menu.
But I think Sally is most concerned about which of those dishes contains the horse meat...
It's was a fair walk back to the main drag so we had to stop at a few pubs on the way. Most of them had a name that had some connection with the great Genghis. Here I am modeling one of the hats that Sally and Nora bought back at the palace.
Traditional and modern Mongolia... We saw quite a few men and women still dressed in traditional Mongolian clothing. The government should pay people to walk around the main streets in traditional clobber it looks so good.
A quick nip into a souvenir shop and Sally is now the owner of a morin khor - a horse-head violin. She'd read about them back in Australia and was determined to get one back to Australia. Hmmm, that case doesn't look too solid and it looks a bit long for the post-office. Getting it to Australia is probably easier said than done...
Once I'd spotted the three litre drink dispensers at one of the soccer tents I was determined to have one... so finally...
Ah yes, nearly forgot, we spotted another accident to add to the tally.