Touring the Mongolian Countryside, Part 1

August 3, 2019

After the exciting, educational week at the children’s hospital, Eric, Dana and I ventured out to the countryside, starting with the Mongol Nomadic Ger Camp. They had an interesting nomadic show, basically a cultural demonstration of how they live.  First up was riding a yak!  Besides the many yaks, they had horses, camels, sheep, and goats to see.  And a dog. 

We saw how they prepare sheep wool (including Eric taking a turn beating the wool with sticks), make milk vodka, and entertain themselves with a couple of games (e.g., ankle bones). I sampled milk tea, and of course, milk vodka – it was very acidic and definitely not my favorite, but at least I had a chance to try it. One of the men put on a show with his horse-
riding skills. Towards the end they had a concert using their horse-head fiddles (morin khuur) and throat singing. 

Just as interesting was the mini-Naadam festival that happened to occur that weekend at the camp. Dancing, horse racing, archery, and of course wrestling. It was a great way to sample was goes on during the very large, three-day festival in Ulaanbaatar in July. 

Lastly, I spent my first night in a ger at the Mongol Nomadic Ger Camp.  This was not roughing it (luckily) – there was electricity, running water and a private bathroom with a shower.  I’m not the roughing it type of person, so it was perfect.

Larry


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  1. Claudia Germano

     /  August 7, 2019

    Glad to see y’all having fun but even better was NOT seeing doctors I used to work with in those bikini pants! Dr Fox probably doesn’t remember me but I was a nurse on Weaver Tower 4 and then retired to Puerto Rico.

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