Ulanbataar - Final Reflections
Trip Start Sep 08, 2010
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As with the ger, there is a sense of the temporary to all the buildings. They are not built to last for more than ten years. Who would want to stay in one place for that long? is the pervading mentality.
The whole place is in a continual state of crumbling away and being reconstructed, of shifting around, reorganising itself, of being free from historical anchors. At any moment the whole city could decide to uproot and the capital of this vast country could move to a new location as it has done sixteen times in the last thousand years and still call itself Ulaanbataar. Or it could decide to not exist in place at all, only in name and time and I can't help feeling that everyone would breathe a sigh of relief that this experiment was over and they could all return to their gers.
Ulaanbataar is a hinterland. A nowhere place.