Mongolia

nomad.

[noh-mad] /ˈnoʊ mæd/

noun
1. a  member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
2.  any wanderer; itinerant.
August 2015. After 12h stop in the border, being checked by 3 police officers, we were officially leaving the Popular Republic of China and entering Mongolia, land of the nomads. Land of the Gobi desert. Land of Gengis Khan!
We had read a lot about the one time biggest empire in the world and its nature, but we couldn’t imagine what was going to be in front of us – the vast greenery, the camels wandering freely, the colorful yurts, the incredible hospitality of the Mongolians, and the differences between its capital, Ulan Baator, and the rest of the country. The word was definitely going to be nomad.
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Entering Mongolia by train.
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After crossing the border, the chinese wagons are separated from the Mongolians. Our journey continues!
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Small stop on the road to inner Mongolia. This was somewhere UB and Erdene Zuu.
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Spectators and horsemen waiting for the start of the Naadam – somewhere close to Karakorum.

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Today’s special menu 🙂

 

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A family lived here. Men were in charge of the camels, goats, and cows. Women were taking care of 2 small babies, cooking and selling us smalls purses. I got two 🙂
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He took us on a ride through the desert. One of the best moment to watch the sunset from this camels. He sang, he stopped many times to take us pictures, and told us his dream was to one day “see a camel with two humps”.
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It seemed it was going to start raining when we stopped at this peaceful place. Between mountains, a spiritual stop for Mongolians, where it is said Gengis Khan hid with its army before a battle.
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During one of our stays in a hostel, we watched the owners kills a goat and use every single piece of meat it had. Mongolians are very dependant on the natural resources they have around.

 

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A yurt converted into a restaurant. Not a Michelin one…but the meat soup was spectacular!
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Will remember this country!
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