Wicked Winterfrost

Is That Mutton? No, Thanks.

Posted in Mongolia by talikas on June 24, 2009


Since our arrival in UB, various things have happened. We have been meeting so many people and their families, alternatively to Mongolian country pop we are now listening to techno-minimal-house (Mari&Juliette are officially in the UB techno gang now, how weird is that), visiting homes and country houses (Mongolian hospitality!), eating too much meat (horse meat, lamb tail, mutton mutton mutton), partying, sightseeing, shopping, cooking Mongolian/French/Estonian, getting to know the Mongolian mentality and way of thinking (“We’ll see…”), chilling, visited the Mongolian Krishna-temple-ger, etc. I even met another (crazy Uhhuuduur) Estonian (!) and had drinks with European Commission officials (sic!). So we’ve been quite busy and finally there’s internet :)

Yesterday we were celebrating St John’s day (Jaanip2ev) with locals. For Mongolians it was weird to go out of the city and make a real fire (not much wood lying around here) and I found it hillarious being suddenly in a huge 4×4 jeep with 4 serious Chingis Khan-looking men, driving around in complete darkness (again with techno music) and trying to find a good spot for our little bonfire. My modest explanations about the shortest night, glowing worms and mysterious flowers were ignored and instead, young Mongolians started to wrestle (kind of their national sport). They did, however, fancy jumping over the fire and were excited about almost burning their clothes…

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  1. Muff the Whistler said, on June 24, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Funfunfun! But you didn’t mention rum. I’ve always enjoyed a spot o’ rum before the bonfire-jump. ;-)

  2. talikas said, on June 25, 2009 at 5:03 am

    hehehe, we didn’t drink rum, i dont know if they even have it over here ;)

  3. isa said, on June 25, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Rum in Mongolia – not possible!
    Rum on Midsummer Day – not acceptable at all!

  4. Marihhen said, on June 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Hehe, kust sa selle Hannese üles korjasid? Ja kas lugupeetud komisjonlased ka üle lõkke kargasid:)

  5. marko said, on June 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

    You have proven, that the person who first said that travelling is glamorous only in retrospect is now officially a big fat liar.

    A picture of the very liar:

  6. Si said, on June 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    What a fantastic account thus far Maria! I’ve spent the last hour reading your wonderful words, reminiscing about my Trans-Mongolian (westbound) adventure in 2003 and am thoroughly jealous! Enjoy Beijing (Tip: I highly recommend Peking duck at Quanjude Restaurant on Dongsanhuan Beiiu).

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