Mongolian Connection - Ulaan Baatar
14.11.2019 - 14.11.2019
We crossed the border to Mongolia during the night and wake to find a new dining car attached to the train,
it’s like walking into a tiny house that’s been decked out over the top with every possible hint of Mongolia, rather cliche but awesome. The stern waitress orders me to sit, sit, just sit. OK just looking and trying to take in this new look diner which it seems comes with a new attitude and very bossy lady. Actually, truth is, she is lovely, just trying to communicate to us dumb Aussies who have no ability to speak another language. A couple of Mongolian beers to sample with our Canadian friends before disembarking the train for Ulan Batar. The snow is starting to cover the landscape and the view is breathtaking as we near the city.
Completely clad in our winter accessories to meet our trusty English speaking guide to escort us to our overnight stay in a gur (nomadic tent). The booking.com photos in no way resemble the back streets of the city with a gur located in a backyard with no farm animals other than the noisy dog and definitely no plumbing for a bathroom or flushing toilet. Lucky the gur is toasty warm and we love the host who sits us down and gives us a history lesson, why? Because she is a teacher.
Dinner is provided of home made noodles and beef in a yummy salty broth that fills us up. The fire is soooo hot that we are forced to strip down to our thermals.
We enjoy the beautiful hillside view of the lights and sounds of the snow covered city, tucked in with our many duvets and blankets. Oh and the electric heater for the middle of the night when the fire runs out, how very civilised.