Category Archive: Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar and Sainshand, Mongolia

I threw vodka into the air above the offering circles as I read aloud the wish I’d written on a slip of paper.  Then I took off my shoes and lay on the… Continue reading

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Four days?  I thought our horse trek in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park was only supposed to last three days, but sure enough, it would be four.  Yikes.  Given that an hour or two of… Continue reading

Southern and Central Mongolia

Mongolians must love basketball.  At virtually every community and ger camp, no matter how small, we found a rickety backboard rising from a lonely field.  But not once in all our time in… Continue reading

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part 2

According to our guide Bold, all Mongolian music is about just three things:  love, mothers, and horses.  Those are the most important aspects of Mongolian life, he claimed, and not necessarily in that… Continue reading

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part 1

“How lost do you think we are?” whispered Marie. I stared out the window at vast emptiness in all directions.  We weren’t driving on a road, exactly – more like faint tire tracks… Continue reading