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Finally made it to Mongolia

Posted on 2007.01.28 at 15:19
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Our intrepid little Soviet-made truck that took us all over Mongolia. Roads? Who needs roads?



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On the train somewhere in China. This train ride wasn't too bad. You might recall that we shared our cabin with a Mongolian couple that spoke English.

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At the Chinese-Mongolian border, we had to stop so the wheels on the trains could be changed. That took forever. This was in the area where they took off the wheels. We stayed on board for the whole process, us and all of the other foreigners who didn't know that you can get off the train and stretch for a bit. Note how filthy the window is.

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This was at some crazy Sahara-esque sand dune in the middle of more rocky terrain in Mongolia. This was on the first day of our trek through the wilds of Mongolia. Note the first appearance of our cheap, Hong Kong jackets. They would soon became the bane of our existance when they started to fall apart.

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Erin and one of our traveling companions, Parissa.

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This is a Buddhist shrine for travelers. Passing travelers stop and add rocks to the pile. Every time we passed one of these shrines, no matter how small, how driver would honk to show his respect.

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Guy Fawkes Day in a ger somewhere in Mongolia! Guy doesn't look too happy about the spreading of his least favourite holiday to the steppes of Mongolia.

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Poor Guy is about to meet his fiery end.



Next up, lots more pictures of Mongolia and the places we stayed at, etc.

Comments:


lovableatheist
lovableatheist at 2007-01-29 01:54 (UTC) ()
Hilarious!
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-02-11 06:26 (UTC) ()
Yeah, we had a good laugh over Guy's toasty fate.
a sudden absence of bees
sabotabby at 2007-01-29 17:25 (UTC) ()
Poor Guy!

I don't know what I thought Mongolia looked like, seriously. But I guess it's a big country.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-02-11 06:28 (UTC) ()
Yes! I was hoping to see your Guy Fawkes icon! As for Mongolia, I was really surprised by the extremem variations in the terrain. I thought the whole place would be steppe, but there were some parts that were quite rocky, some desert parts, some wooded parts, and lots of steppe that did not disappoint.
Christa
oodelally3 at 2007-01-31 16:57 (UTC) ()
Guy Fawkes Day in Mongolia--great!

P.S. Love the red sweater. :) It's fabulous, dahling. Plus, I thought you only owned brown, so this makes a nice change. ;)
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-02-11 06:30 (UTC) ()
Haha! It's funny that you should say the red sweater presents a nice change. I think Erin would beg to differ. I wore that sweater practically every cold day in Japan, and it was the only sweater I had on this trip. Erin begged me to get rid of it, or at least wear something else, especially considering that it has huge holes in both armpits. I still wear it, but Susan has volunteered to repair the holes.
Christa
oodelally3 at 2007-02-11 18:47 (UTC) ()
LOL....oh, I apologize to Erin!!!!! Andy has a couple sweaters and shirts like that, too. Absolutely refuses to get rid of them!!!!!!!

Nevertheless, I do like that red sweater. It matches your red eyes. (Scutt Farcus has red eyes--so help me! Red Eyes!!!)
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