Mayhem in Mongolia

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Greetings from Mongolia!

As you all know we are about a month behind on this blog so we are writing this after seeing most of this amazing Country. We will try to time travel back to when we first arrived here. 

After 12 hours on the bus we finally arrived into the mayhem of Mongolian's capital city: Ulan Bator. As we were only there for 3 days we will keep this part short and sweet. 

 We found our guest house and quickly crashed for a few hours. When we awoke we got down to organising a trip to the Gobi desert and the central regions. The way it works is the more people you can get to go, the cheaper it is. So we wrote a note on the noticeboard stating that we need another 4 people to join us. Amazingly by the time we got back from dinner we already had another 3 people sign up! We were so excited about getting out on to the famous Mongolian steppes and seeing the countryside
. The three people that joined us were: Bob the American, Felix the Canadian, and Jose the Spaniard. We also had a Swiss couple, Simon and Mayla who were in another van. More about these crazy people in another blog

In the meantime I had just about recovered from THE hangover, which was a good thing given that Paul and I were about to venture onto the streets of Ulan Bator or Bataar or even UB as the locals call it. UB is a city in transition which automatically translates into chaos on the streets. A mish mesh of old buildings and new high rises combined with many dug up pavements 'in progress'. Old shops sit next to big plazas selling Louis Vuitton and other designer wear and of course the traffic is CRAZY. The most common phrase Paul and I uttered on our first day was 'Run for your liiiiiiiffffeeee'. We had to do just that when trying to cross any road, as it seems that most Mongolians are colour blind and so are unable to obey traffic lights. The idea of letting pedestrians cross is a very alien concept here. 

As we venture further away from Europe we're starting to notice little differences that make us smile, starting from the fake flowers planted in the Japanese Garden, the mobile phone people who sit at various corners with a large ancient telephone where people call from (I've no idea how they connect) and some shop names, such as Destroy Hairdresser. Our trip is starting to feel more and more of an adventure as we make our way into Asia. But here in Mongolia the real adventure was waiting for us way out of the city...

More on that in our next entry. 

Lots of Love

Karen and Paul


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Dean on

Hi Paul & Karen its looks so amazing to be able to see these places and the way of life of the people who live there what a learing curve love to all from all of us. x x x

Dean on

or even a learning curve !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x

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