Blogs from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Asia - page 43


Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar July 3rd 2005

I am writing this from the Mongolian Stock Exchange. I never even considered there was one here. Benedict and I happened to walk into it by mistake. A security guard tried to stop us at the entrance, I gave him a big grin, said hello sweetheart and strolled straight past. What fun. I am now overlooking the actual exchange room: there are a grand total of 7 people working here, most playing cards or watching TV. I have the feeling the local stock exchange is not as busy as it could be, one nearly expects the brokers to have arrived to work by Yak or horse. I just noticed that the big board containing the times of the cities around the world informs me that it is 15:15 in Ulan Bataar on the 5th of May; ... read more
Fermented Mare's Milk: Airag
Local beer: Kvar

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar July 1st 2005

I left Irkoutsk on the evening of Friday, the 1st of July, for once making it at the train station in ample time. I very much liked Irkoutsk for its charm, old wooden houses and grand stone buildings. The only reservation I would have about it is that the mosquitoes are the size of Mig 29's and do just about as much damage. Before leaving, I filled up on provisions as I had been warned that there was no restaurant carriage on this leg of the journey, mainly cans and packaged products (been told to avoid fresh fruits and lettuce) I was, by chance, on the slow train which takes a couple of days to reach Ulan Bataar. I left at 15:10 Moscow time (actually 20:10 Irkoutsk time). The Mongolian train is not quite as smart ... read more
Waiting for the train
Mongolian Customs
An English traveller

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar June 4th 2005

We departed China to catch our 7:30AM train appointment which would cover over 1,000 miles over a 36 hour period. The Trans-Siberian railway was a fantastic way for one to view the diverse landscapes China has to offer. No description I could give would do justice. I was able to see the rice paddies, rolling green mountains, rocky dry mountains, residential areas which reminded me of very bad shanty towns. And one last glimpse of the great wall was appreciated. It’s amazing how fast the landscapes would change considering we were most likely only traveling at about 40Mph. Most of northern China seemed empty which surprised me since China is such a populous country. To me it’s very difficult to see that prosperity is present at all. All the hype of China taking over as a ... read more
Leaving Beijing Station
Our Humble Cabin
Rice Paddies

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar August 17th 2004

BOK vsem skupaj! Najprej dve stvari, ki sem jih pozabil napisat v prejsnjem mailu. Nisem povedal, da je bil tista vasica na otoku narejena povsem iz lesa. Kot v Asterixu in Obelixu. Pocutil sem se, kot da bi prisel na divji zahod, ulice siroke, po sredini drevesa, seveda nikjer asfalta, elektrika na generatorje, ne, in tudi tekoca voda jim je tuja stvar. Stranisca pa... Joj, pretezko je obujat ta spomin. V Irkutsku pa je bil koncert Deep Purplov. Cena? Sitnica. Najcenejsa karta 14000sit, najdrazja pa 35000sit. Pa naj se kdo rece, da Rusi nimajo denarja. Zdaj pa na pot. Zjutraj smo se podali na vlak (Gregor, Kiwi in jaz). V vagon pa smo dobiil eno totalno prfuknjeno Americanko (od kod pa bo drugace?) Fak! Skoraj sva znorela. Na meji se je smejala policaju v faco! Mi ... read more

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar August 1st 2004

By the time we woke up the train was rolling to the stop in Ulaanbaatar - the Mongolian capital city. It was an interesting view. Normal, tall buildings are standing next to the typical 'gers'. 'Ger' is a round tent that allows the Mongolians to move around and be, well, nomads. Even in the capital city. The coolest thing I ever saw. Can't imagine myself setting up a tent back at home in the middle of any city... We left Ulaanbaatar shortly after and the scenary changed. Very different from Siberia. Little hills spread in front of the trains and there are no trees. No wonder they live in 'gers'. That was pretty much the scenery for the rest of the day. We liked it a lot. It is amazing how many different kinds of natural ... read more
Ulaanbaatar train station
Ulaanbaatar train station
The view from the train

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar July 16th 2004

Friday 2nd July – Beijing – Ulaan Bataar Our cab driver was waiting for us when we checked out this morning, and we made it to the airport with two hours to spare which was just as well as check-in seemed to take forever, but finally we made it through immigration. Our flight departed at 9.20am & although the plane was small, it was full. Poor Tony got stuck with a large American lady on his right, who wouldn’t stop talking to him, especially about horses. She was a crashing bore. The flight took over an hour, but as Mongolia is an hour ahead of Beijing, it was just after midday when we landed. The usual struggle to get through immigration, customs and baggage ensued, & as we were walking out the airport we got hassled ... read more
Sukhbaatar Square
Government house
Bogd Khan’s Winter Palace

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar September 29th 2000

14 days in Mongolia, a week in the Gobi Desert... read more

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar September 8th 1997

Sain Bainuu (Hello there). Well, since our last message from Irkutsk we've had quite an adventure indeed. Eric managed to get himself left behind at a train station on the way to Mongolia. Here's his version of the story: We had 50,000 roubles left, so at the last stop before the border, I went out to spend it at any shop I could find. I asked the provodnitsa (train attendant) how long the stop was; I asked 'pyaht naht zut minutes', which is 15. She though I said 'pyaht minutes' which is 5, so agreed with me. So I wandered off to spend our money (about $9 US), only to see the train pulling away as I tried to pay. So I ran after the train, but it was going faster than me. Just as I ... read more

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