Genghis Khan and Terelj National Park
We survived the night sleeping in minus 15 degree temperatures protected only by a layer of wool and fabric, life is simple but efficient as a nomad. Of course the bags of coal purchased from the local store and the addition of a radiator would have been sadly missed however we got a brief glimpse of this beautiful culture and very generous hosts.
Our lovely host takes us to a factory outlet to purchase some made in Mongolia woollen accessories at bargain prices. Then to the statue of Genghis Khan Museum and to climb the gigantic silver statue in the middle of nowhere with views that literally take your breath away due to the high altitude.
We travel through the Terelj National Park to another restaurant ger that is the only place open for miles and miles and miles. We are treated to another Mongolian traditional dining adventure and have mutton dumplings. While our driver slurps his way through his lunch, I struggle with the unbelievably gamey taste and try not to gag while offloading two of my dumplings to the driver!
Mongolia is still generally classed as 3rd world with a high nomadic population, the two and a half hours to travel the 10 ks from when we first arrive back in “UB” to our hotel should not have surprised us. The traffic congestion was horrific. Our driver got particularly testy, wound down his window and proceeded to have a smoke and followed up with a huge slag! Not happy Jan.
We decide to go down to the restaurant of the hotel and Lyn picks a beer and vodka chaser and I’m ready for my gin and tonic. Oh so sorry. No alcohol today. Whaaaat? Why? Sorry don’t know. Seems that in Mongolia the first day of the month no alcohol can be sold as they want people to be able to pay their bills. Even stranger is that it was the 15th! So after waiting an hour for our meal that arrives cold, having to chase down somebody to be able to pay for said cold meal and then finding no fav alcohol in the mini bar I decide it’s time for sleep. Oh and now the lights don’t work. Really???