Mongolia is generally not your usual tourist destination. I will gladly admit, that I knew little, or nothing, about this country before I crossed the border via the Trans-Mongolian railway. However, I have learned so much after having observed the culture for more than 5 days, and I hope more people will visit in the future. Mongolia is underrated, especially considering its historical facts: it was once twice the size of the Roman Empire, and before America was discovered, historians believed the Mongol Empire was as large as half of the world. The legacy of Genghis Khan is still the pride and joy of the Mongolian people, and his spirit lives on in most Mongolians who all yearn for wrestling and judo.
You have rocky mountains, semi-Gobi deserts, green moors, rivers, freezing snow in winter and everything your heart desires. On our 5-day tour we got to meet four lovely nomadic families, and we spent three of the nights inside their gers (felt-lined tents). As plain and simple the gers are from the outside, as elaborate and detailed they are when you sit inside. The walls are covered in beautiful carpets and their wooden furniture consists of colorful and intricately beautiful details. During our stay, we got to ride Mongolian horses and camels; we have been herding cattle in all shapes and sizes, we have been hiking in the luscious greenery, eaten dairy products like there was no tomorrow and the list goes on. However, the best part of the tour was without a doubt the meetings with the families.
Sounds like a really wonderful trip!
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