Asia | Mongolia | Ulaan Baatar – Exploring the capital
While theres quite a bit to see and do in the capital, by the time we left we felt that wed stayed a few days too long. It was a great shame that we didnt see more of this beautiful country, but at this stage in the trip money was an issue and we needed a relaxing few days.
The Natural History Museum was a good morning out, with impressive animal and dinosaur exhibits (although perhaps a few too many stuffed creatures for my liking!) The dinosaur skeletons were breathtaking and I really wished Id gone exploring the Gobi desert on the trip. But hey Im 22 and theres sooo much time for all of that!
We spent an unnatural amount of time shopping for souvenirs desperately trying to hunt out oddities and bargains. Im pretty sure my friends and family dont know anyone else wholl ever go to Mongolia, so I wanted everyone to get a present. Of course I will try and convince everyone to take a holiday in the land of Chinggis Khan, but I doubt Ill get many takers!
I bought some traditional hats, some fortune telling kits made of bones, a couple of landscape paintings, two handmade chess sets and a mother of a knife from the citys best temple! The rest of our holiday was spent eating, drinking, going out and hunting for cheap flights home from Moscow.
I had expected great things from Mongolia and am delighted to say that it didnt disappoint. The people were welcoming and friendly, the country was beautiful, the air was pure, the land untouched, the beer cheap and contrary to everything Id read, the food was quite tasty!! Ill definitely be back one day with a tent, a gas stove, a hired jeep and a few weeks to kill!