Asia | Mongolia | Ulaan Baatar – The capital
You get what you pay for and so we found ourselves in a grotty room with a broken shower and beds so unsavoury that we felt the need to lie on our sleeping bags. Considering wed be spending over a week there, we decided that it was worth doubling our spends for a decent place to stay. After months of constantly being on the move, we saw Mongolia as a relaxing holiday and sleeping with one eye open, looking for rats isnt the most soothing way to spend a fortnight!
The rest of the day was spent sorting the boring, important stuff, as our first day in a new place always is. A huge visa cash advance from the bank, two tickets to tickets to Moscow booked and investigations on how to explore the countryside underway. Alas, the news wasnt too good. One of the main things wed come to Mongolia for was the countryside. Vast expanses of nothing, punctuated with the odd nomadic ger (round felt tent) and the purest, unpolluted air on earth. But we found that public transport outside the city was non-existent and the only alternative was extortionate organised tours for $100 a day. Just a little out of our budget!
Time to improvise then, and we went out to buy a cheap tent, a big bag of food, a saucepan and a fishing line and decided to go it alone. Our only problem now was how to get away from the big smoke ..