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Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar October 15th 2017

For the first time ever, my holiday goal was to lose weight while I was traveling. I know it sounds counterintuitive. Who goes on vacation to diet? Certainly not this girl, who usually eats her way through trips like she is on death row. But whoever said, "Oh go to Mongolia, you will love the food?" Who has ever planned a dinner party and served fine Mongolian cuisine? So the plan was that I would be working all day among the elements and then would be served some simple, not-so-appetizing campfire meal. It sounds like the perfect equation for weight loss. Perfect, expect for the one thing I did not calculate. Mongolian food is fantastic. It is hearty and filling, but it is also tasty and satisfying. I can honestly say I did not have one ... read more
Camel Camp Chef
Fried Bread
Lunch Crew

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar October 8th 2017

Set backs are to be expected. This is never more the case than when you are working with animals, people or the weather. We, unfortunately are managing all three of those factors and we are trying to do it in a developing country. To say the cards are stacked against us is an understatement. Today the biggest obstacle was the weather. The very brutual weather that swept over this unforgiving terrain briefly stopped us in our tracks. It is no secret the cold weather is not something I embrace, but each year I endure it because of living in the Midwest and cohabitating with livestock. However, when I was standing in the blowing snow wondering if I would ever feel my toes again, I couldn't help but think, "did I really pay to do this? Is ... read more
Leading Our Students
Practicing Camel Lessons
Sleeping Quarters

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar October 7th 2017

The camels are learning and seem eager to please their handlers. We have been practicing with them what they already know, sitting and getting up, and slowly adding new commands each day. Their personalities continue to develop and become more evident each day, I assume this is in correlation to their comfort level with these Westerners who have dropped into Mongolia determined to change their lives forever. We began leading them today and took a practice run to get them water. There is a small outbuilding not far from our camp that has a primitive pipe shooting out of it. There is a small concrete trough to catch the water and all of the animals in the area seem to know it is the place to go for water. The only obstacle being that the water ... read more
Thirsty Camels
Breakfast Time
You've Got Something on Your Face

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar October 5th 2017

Camel training expedition is not exactly the answer people expect to hear when they ask why are you going to Mongolia or why are you in Mongolia. I know. It is not an answer I ever expected to give. But here we are and that is what we are doing. I am here with a group of cameleers on an expedition organized by Australian Camels with the purpose of preparing some camels for a 3 year expedition. Just to be clear, the camels are taking a 3 year expedition, not me. I am here to help get the camels ready. When I left home, I knew I could be in over my head, but I also knew it would be worth it. It all became real on the first day when our vans pulled into Camp ... read more
This is Mongolia
The Gers
Sweeping Views

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar October 4th 2017

My boots are on the ground in Mongolia and I am taking it all in, as to be expected. I decided to arrive a few days early so that I had a chance to acclimate and deal with the jet lag before I faced the camels. We are 13 hours ahead of home (central standard time) and that is quite an adjustment. I usually figure if I can sleep on the flights, that gives me a leg up on managing jet lag and this series of flights was pretty good for that. It took nearly 30 hours of travel to get to Mongolia, so every tidbit of comfort is cherished. The night before I left, Kyle took me out for a date night and while we were at dinner he asked if I was worried about ... read more
Blue Sky Hotel
View From My Shower
Mongolian Stock Exchange

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar September 29th 2017

There is a story my dad loves to tell from my childhood. He pulls it out whenever he needs a good laugh or he just wants to remind me that some personality traits have been with us from the very beginning. When I was 6 years-old I traveled with him to Buffalo, OK for a cattle show. He was there to show some of the Shamrock Farms' Angus cattle and I was there to tag along. I am sure he was concerned about me being able to entertain myself and mind the rules while he was working so he resorted to what is probably the oldest and most effective parenting trick ever: bribery. I was promised, if I behaved myself during this time in Buffalo, I could pick out one item at the store. A pretty ... read more
Volland Store Talk
Double Humped Art
2017 Encounter with Bactrian Camel

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar September 20th 2017

That famous Genghis Khan statue which has featured on many TV shows such as Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure (I bet she had the Provodnitsa at her beck and call!!) is the tallest horse statue in the world. There was talk that it was the tallest monument in the world, then the tallest statue. Now it’s not even that. It isthe tallest equestrian statue in the world but as the second tallest, General Jose Artigas in Uruguay, is only a paltry 18 metres tall compared to Genghis’s 40 metres, I don’t think there is much competition!! The statue is genuinely in the middle of nowhere, unlike attractions such as the Great Pyramids of Egypt that look impressive on photos and documentaries. What it doesn’t show you is the McDonalds and collection of litter blowing in ... read more
The tallest horseback statue in the world
Fie fi foe fum I smell the blood of mongoliuns
Chris & Roisin at the monument

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar June 14th 2017

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: 5-26-2017 Mongolia Toi ra phi truong Beijing lua 7AM de di chuyen di luc 8:35AM den Ulaanbartar thu do cua Mongolia. Cung nhu phi truong o Shanghai. Rat dong du khach ma da so la dan Tau, 1.3 ty nguoi ma. Nen sep hnag that lau. Tren duong bay den Mongolia toi thay duoi dat rat nhieu nhung rang nui cao tu Beijing den khu tu tri Inner Mongolia. Chinh noi day ngay xua de quoc Trung Hoa da xay dai Van Ly Truong Thanh tren nhung dai nui nay de ngan chan quan Mong Co xam lang Trung Hoa. Ke tiep bay vao khong phan Inner Mongalia den vung dat Mongolia that bang phang khong mot ngon nui nao va ngay ca rung ram cung khong co. Nhung xa mac phang tap. May ... read more

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar June 9th 2017

R: We awoke to see a golden sunrise across Mongolia. The landscape was still peppered with yurts but now the buildings were getting more dense as well as we approached Ulaanbataar. We pulled in on time at 6am. We had booked a hotel in the station district to make things easier so this was just a short walk away. The staff at the hotel were great and offered us a free breakfast - the room was also ready already! It was great to have a shower and a refresh - our first night in a hotel with a shower for 6 days. As we had just 2 days off the train in Mongolia, I had pre-arranged a driver for the day. The distances in Ulaanbataar to things you would want to see are quite far and ... read more
Gandan Khiid
Gandan Khiid
The smog of Ulaanbataar approaches

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar July 24th 2016

Day 1 On the Train at last Last night's Hotel (arranged by the Sundowners travel company was a little ho hum after the comfortable facilities of the Holiday Inn. Luckily it was only for one night. We found a nice restaurant for dinner last night only a short walk from the hotel. We had a couple of beautiful curries two beers and a vegetable dish, plus desert of ice-cream and tiramisu cake. Yesterday afternoon we discovered (along with 100,000 Chinese) the Beijing Lake. It is a beautiful lake in the middle of Beijing running alongside the Forbidden city and then on towards the North Gate of the old city. It was full of paddle boats and even some people swimming in the lake which reminded us of the bold and the beautiful swimmers from Manly (but ... read more
Beijing station looking the other way
Landscape just outside Beijing
In our cabin

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