25 June: road to Ulaanbaatar

25 June. And…. we’ve just crossed the border into Mongolia! Our train advances for a while till it stops in the middle of nowhere and starts going backwards, who knows why. Finally the Mongolian custom authorities come in, distribute migration cards for us to fill in and take our passports away. About an hour later, or two, I…

26-29 June: Ulaanbaatar & Surroundings

26 June. Ulaanbaatar. 5 AM. The provodnitsa enters our cabin and wakes us up in the most tactless way possible. Welcome to Mongolia. The train is arriving in an hour, but she needs to gather the sheets, so we have to get up and gather our stuff. We sit down looking like three zombies till we…

30 June: The Gobi

It’s midnight and we’re on board of our “Limousine” minivan, desert bound. The road is pitch black and we can feel the vastness and emptiness around us, although we can see anything but darkness from our windows. Only a few sparkles twinkle in the distance. They’re probably fires in some ger camps. We’re about two hours…

1-2 July: Back to UB

1 July. Ulaanbaatar.  We finally manage to go see a traditional Mongolian dance and song show, at the National Song & Dance Academic Ensemble, on one of the corners of Chinggis Khan Square. The show is incredible, we get to see and hear the traditional throat singing, horse fiddle playing, as well as shaman, folk and…