I entered Mongolia on a Trans-Mongolian train from Russia. My first impression was of the sprawling countryside, seemingly untouched since the time of Ghengis Khan. From the capital city of Ulan Bator I got to explore the city, meet local people and see how they lived in their traditional gers on the outskirts of the city. I visited a national park and spent the night, far from civilisation in a ger.
Mongolian sunset on the border
Sukhbaatar Square, the center of Ulan Bator
Chinggis Khan watches over the city
Mongolian Parliament building
Damdin Sükhbaatar (freed Mongolia from Chinese rule in 1921)
Classroom in Ulan Bator
Remains of a childrens playground
Monks at prayers
Ger district of Ulan Bator
Scared of the white people until I showed him his photo
Loved posing for the camera
Mongolian boys and their ger behind them
The whole family
All the kids together
Every modern Kazak woman needs a mobile phone
Bit like a Cornish pasty
Ankle bones, used for everything from fortune telling to games
Flicking ankle bones. Serious business.
Our host for lunch and ankle bone games
Locally roasted coffee
Dancing with tea cups
Old man dances...
and gets chased away by something
Gods? Demons? Devils? I've no idea
Fermented mare's milk. Not recommended
When are these white people going to leave my ger?
Mongolian life outside of the city (and outside of a ger)
He'd have some great stories to tell (if he spoke English or I spoke Mongolian)