Wicked Winterfrost


Posted in Mongolia, Trans-Siberian by talikas on June 10, 2009


An early wake up call and finally Ulanbaator! We were met in the station by our local guide, who greeted us with a reassuring smile and an offer to join him on a 12-day off the road trip in the central and southern parts of Mongolia. So, a few hours later, after quick touring the the ghostly capital with half-empty houses and unfinished construction work, we met our driver, threw our bags to a cutely nostalgic UAZ minivan and hit the road. Well, we didn’t relly “hit the road”, because in Mongolia there are no roads. Instead there are muddy holes, sandy paths, dry dirt fields and it seems that the few vehicles around just drive in random directions… And our car was jumping up and down the hilly landscape, dust flying in the air and we, overwhelmed with the magnificent views, tried with shaking hands to take photos, but pathetically failed, and thus stayed our mouths open, noses almost against the window, staring the neverending calm steppes, lonely horsemen, goats… I guess we made it.



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  1. marko said, on June 12, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Mongoolia mädanenud kitsepiim. Sellest võiks rääkida lugusid, kui see olemas oleks.
    Aga reaalsuses pidi seal ohtralt tarbitama hoopis hapuks lastud kitsepiima, sest see on lihtsalt niiiiiii hea! Mõistagi paned mannergu peale lüpsi õue ja ootad mõned päevad või nädalad. Värsket joovad ainult mökud. Kellelgi kaaluprobleemi pole, siise-välja liiklus on kiire kuid ebakorrapärane. Huvitav, kui siinkandis võetakse enne õhtust väljaminekut põhi alla, kas mongoli noored võtavad tavaliselt põhja alt?
    The bulletpointed moral of the story is that you just never get enough of goat`s milk. Yummy. Knock yourselves out!

  2. isa said, on June 13, 2009 at 2:35 am

    hapendatud märapiim on kumõss, mongolitel “airag”. Hapendatakse eranditult nahksetes kottides.
    hapendatud kitsepiima saab varastada kohalikelt juustumeistritelt, vabatahtlikult seda keegi jooma ei hakka.

  3. terje said, on June 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Nii laheee!! Päikest taevasse ja udusevõitu pilku silmadesse! Tead küll;)

  4. Shura said, on June 18, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    AAHHHH! Amazing. I’m coming to Estonia just to see all your pictures.

    • talikas said, on June 24, 2009 at 4:50 am

      please come, shura, i miss you so much! (my dad misses you too!)

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