Monday, March 19, 2007

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

From Irkutsk, we strayed from the Trans siberian route into Mongolia. The tiny capital, Ulaanbaatar, is like no other city I have ever been. A lot about the city is Asian yet the official language uses the cyrillic alphabet, the fusion of the Chinese and Russian cultures is extraordinary.
The country is extremely poor with what appears to be a still very unstable government. All you could do was walk around and try to soak up the atmosphere of the place. My favourite area was a couple of street away from the actual centre of the city in the ghetto where ordinary people live in gers (felt covered tents) still, rather than houses.


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