juliet: (round the world)
I really am in a ger in Mongolia: the guesthouse I'm staying in in Ulan Bator is a mixture of buildings and gers, and the net access is in one of the gers. This seems to be common here; I'd kind of expected that gers would be just for tourists, but a significant chunk of the population even in cities, outside the very centre, seem to at least partly live in them.

It's very cold (as I was leaving Terelj this morning, of which more anon, some of the little streams and riverlets by the road were still frozen over; and when I woke up in the small hours last night I had to put my hat & scarf on, despite the pile of thick blankets, to get back to sleep). But gers have stoves, and stoves are very efficient, so right here is OK.

Russians and Mongolians and customs, oh my )

Lost in Ulan Bator with no breakfast )

Mongolian mountains )

Today I have done some much-needed laundry; and it all dried in the sun which has been very warm despite it being cold *now* and in the shade during the day. (A bit like a sunny UK December day, but more so in both directions.) And then pottered down to look at the Mongolian National Museum, which is thoroughly recommended. I now wish to read up about Mongolian history generally as my appetite has been whetted. Particularly the Genghis Khan era stuff.

And now I shall conclude as this is already too bloody long, and the stove has died down & it's starting to get cold. Off to Beijing tomorrow morning on the last bit of the Trans-Mongolian.
juliet: (round the world)
I really am in a ger in Mongolia: the guesthouse I'm staying in in Ulan Bator is a mixture of buildings and gers, and the net access is in one of the gers. This seems to be common here; I'd kind of expected that gers would be just for tourists, but a significant chunk of the population even in cities, outside the very centre, seem to at least partly live in them.

It's very cold (as I was leaving Terelj this morning, of which more anon, some of the little streams and riverlets by the road were still frozen over; and when I woke up in the small hours last night I had to put my hat & scarf on, despite the pile of thick blankets, to get back to sleep). But gers have stoves, and stoves are very efficient, so right here is OK.

Russians and Mongolians and customs, oh my )

Lost in Ulan Bator with no breakfast )

Mongolian mountains )

Today I have done some much-needed laundry; and it all dried in the sun which has been very warm despite it being cold *now* and in the shade during the day. (A bit like a sunny UK December day, but more so in both directions.) And then pottered down to look at the Mongolian National Museum, which is thoroughly recommended. I now wish to read up about Mongolian history generally as my appetite has been whetted. Particularly the Genghis Khan era stuff.

And now I shall conclude as this is already too bloody long, and the stove has died down & it's starting to get cold. Off to Beijing tomorrow morning on the last bit of the Trans-Mongolian.

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