Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mongolia - Part II

Nearly half of the Mongolian population lead a nomadic lifestyle and live in gers - felt covered tents - that can be easily moved from one place to another. We too slept in gers. This one is by the Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake:

Typically, the door of the ger faces south:

You can also find a "ger motel" like this one in the Gobi desert:

Mongolian people are quite friendly and very, very hospitable: just knock on a ger door and soon you'll have a place to stay and some food in your stomach.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Mongolia - Part I

Mongolia is a wonderful land I had the pleasure of visiting last August.

I just can't think of a better topic for my first post. Actually, this post is dedicated to all the people I met there. I hope you guys enjoy it.

For those who don't know, Mongolia is located between Siberia (yeah, Siberia - why do people make funny faces when I say that?) and China. It is a vast country, apparently the 19th largest and the least densly populated, so you often get sights like this one:

The north is full of lakes and looks almost Alpine-like