Two men chat outside a ger on the Mongolian steppes
Mongolian life can certainly be categorized as hard! The weather is harsh, with winds sweeping across the plains. It is still primarily a nomadic life, except in a few villages and cities, and even in these many families live in tents.
Mongolia ranks up there for me as one of the most fascinating, exotic, and just all around difference places I have traveled to. In an old Russian van, we traversed the country mostly on dirt tracks, but occasionally on no discernible path. The highway ended not far from Ulan Baator.
We slept in these gers, which were comfortable enough. Inside they had full-sized furniture and we slept on beds that circled the inside wall of the tent.
The families fed us some meat broth and noodles for every meal. Not only was it boring, but it wasn’t very nutritional either. Of course, we survived, but it was definitely one of those trips that we couldn’t wait to get back and eat some real food.
I really loved Mongolia and would love to go back…by my list is so long!