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September 28th 2010
Published: October 11th 2010
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Next day me and Roman checked out the nearby park, Terelj. Here we already had a good taste of the incredible landscapes Mongolia has to offer (more was yet to come). We stopped also at the huge Djenghis Kahn steel statue, for which a lot of respect exits with the Mongolian people.
Then we went on a 4 day trip exploring the Mongolian country. We did this in a little van, wiggling our heads (and sometimes entire body) constantly. During these days we stayed with local families in a 'ger' (local specific hut).
First day we visited the big monastary in Kharkorin, still needs some renovation. Next we moved on to see the waterfall. Amazing contrast between the big dry mountains and this oasis looking waterfall. I also had my first real horse riding experience! a bit coutious in the beginning but ended up galopping in this amazing landscape. We also had the nice idea to get up early to experience the sunrise, but in the end it was one of the coldest and longest sunrises ever (local guide said at 6 am but it was until 7h15 am the first sunbeams shedded some light).
Then we went out to the Gobi dessert (mini Gobi), not the big one in the southern part. Did some camel riding as well.

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