Ulanbaatar, Mongolia

Jim and I enjoyed a night out in Ulanbaatar.

The ex-pat community in Ulanbaatar includes Germans, Danes, Australians, Dutch, Norwegians and Americans.

The remnants of my 'roasted pork and green pepper' dinner at the Ulanbaatar Hotel. The server recommended it as the best dish.

30 July 1999 - Mongolia is a surprise. I never imagined the vastness of the plains, covered green and brown, with hills, valleys, an occasional river, yurts, horses, pigs, cows, sheep and goats. The yurts (circular homes with wooden spokes holding the frame together and with felt covering the exterior) allow the Mongols to be nomadic, although some yurts are now moved on trucks instead of camels.

Up until the 14th century Mongolia was a world leader and Ghenghis Khan and his descendents conquered everything from Hungary to Korea. Jim credits this to the fast Mongolian horses, tamed with stirrups and reins that no one else had. Six hundred years later, Mongolians still ride those amazing horses and still call yurts their homes.

Today about 2.5 million people live in Mongolia with almost a million living in the capital, Ulanbaatar.


  Ulanbaatar life (Paige)