These boys were a lot of fun and, like all of the other kids we met along the way, formed the Quality Control Commission. This consisted of sitting about 20 cm from you, staring intently to make sure you pegged your tent correctly, inflated the mattress correctly, filtered the water correctly etc. If your efforts were not up to standard, especially while pitching the tent, they would rush in and take over, making a 'tsh tsh tsh' noise as a sign of disapproval or frustration! Mostly, though, they were just curious about our weird contraptions and really keen to get involved and help out.
Tired feet and yak meat - nomadic life in central Mongolia July 31st 2006 Sain bainuu!
We're back from the countryside and can happily say the Mongolia we came to see is alive and well outside the city, with nomadic life carrying on much as it has for centuries. We spent a magical 10 days in the Arkhangai Aimag (a central province), participating in a nomad-centered project called Ger to Ger (www.gertoger.org), designed to create alternative income for herder famili ... read more
Asia » Mongolia The Mongols gained fame in the 13th century when under Chinggis KHAN they conquered a huge Eurasian empire. After his death the empire was divided into several powerful Mongol states, but these broke apart in the 14th century. The Mongols eventually ... ... read more