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Ulaanbaatar, a city that gets under your skin

By | 6th April, 2015|Categories: Central Mongolia, Hospitality, Mongolia, Travel tips|Tags: , , , , |

We have gotten to know the city of Ulaanbaatar reasonably well because Susanne stayed here more than two months and Martin almost six weeks. It is a city of contrast. We both felt very comfortable in Ulaanbaatar. Maybe even too comfortable. For us it was the first city in a long time where everything was available although [...]

My experiences as a volunteer in Ulaanbaatar

By | 23rd March, 2015|Categories: Central Mongolia, Mongolia, Volunteering|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

After knowing that Martin and I would split up for a while (because he was cycling through Mongolia) I started looking into what I could be doing. First my eyes were set in southern China, but soon I decided that I wanted to go to Mongolia after all and spend my time there. I was looking at [...]

Tsagaan Sar, a different New Years celebration

By | 16th March, 2015|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Central Mongolia, Hospitality, Mongolia, Volunteering|Tags: , , , , , |

In Mongolia there are two major traditional holidays. One is in summer and is called Naadam, the other is in winter and is called Tsagaan Sar or white moon. Tsagaan Sar is the celebration of the Lunar New Year, following the same calendar as the Chinese New Year. The photos of this special celebration can be found [...]

Urumqi to Ulaanbaatar – doing it different part 2

By | 3rd February, 2015|Categories: China, Mongolia, North East China, Reflections|Tags: , , , , |

So, I arrived at Hohhot East train station at around 16:30. I was still operating on western China time and hadn't realized that the sun would already be so far down. I thought I had enough hours of daylight left, but instead I had to rush. I asked a porter to help me with my two huge [...]