Friday, July 25, 2008

First Impressions of Mongolia

Yo Whassup from Ulan Bataar.

I've been travelling on trains every night for the past three nights, and am about to get on another one this evening. Spirits are high and the sharp taste of adventure is in the air. (Why it's sharp, and how air can have a taste, these are both good questions, but I am afraid you will have to look inside your hearts and find the answers to them on your own).

Myself and the two Frenchmen I helped smuggle over the border here have been joined by a friendly Korean lad, and the four of us are setting off to a big lake in the very north of Mongolia (called Khavagal or something like that). It'll take us to days over trains and bumpy roads to get there, and when we arrive we'll spend 6 or 7 days hiking, camping, and horseback riding. Expectations are enormous, and armed with a ridiculously expensive professional camera given to me as a present by my boss the day before I left Dalian, I hope to be able to share some of its beauty with you guys via photograph when I return.

Mongolia is poor, but everything is conversely MORE expensive than in China, because it's all manufactured in China and shipped over crappy roads. Mongolians are friendly and speak decent English, their food is manageable but not as good as my Sinonized taste buds are accustomed to, and the weather is 100 percent GORGEOUS.

I don't know when I'll be able to post again... it may very well be two weeks, but if I do get a chance to find an internet cafe I will. I've already booked a flight from UB back to Beijing on August 7th, and will be heading back home to Dalian after that.

Peace God

4 comments:

SwagmanGoin said...

You tried Mongolian spirit?

Kanchi said...

Hi My name is Kanchana and I am writing a book on art of living and would really love to interview someone from Mongolia. You can contact me at kanchana.guruji@gmail.com

Kanchi said...

Hi My name is Kanchana and I am writing a book on art of living and would really love to interview someone from Mongolia. You can contact me at kanchana.guruji@gmail.com

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