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AMAROK Mongolia 2017 – Ulaanbaatar Part IV

First museum in Mongolia, the Mongolian National MuseumIt is not only the continuously growth of the city with new buildings popping up everywhere, but the capital is also transforming to a modern city for young people. One may find numerous cafes, stores, clubs and other attractions for the young as well as entertainment centers and amusement parks for the children. Personally I enjoyed the National Museum of Mongolia where I could admire the ancient findings from the time of the Hunnu (Xiong-nu) and the Ashina-Clan. The Dinosaur museum was also a must see, especially for my daughter, as this museum houses the biggest dinosaur fossil collection in the entire world.

Hunnu Xiongnu Shaman Mountain Ulaanbaatar

My wife on the other hand was thrilled by the open air shaman center that lies in the heart of the city. It is a spiritual location, a holy mountain from the time of the Hunnes, blessed by shamans from around the world as sacred ground. Here you can spend a lot of time observing shaman rituals. But caution is required as this is a sacred place full of small surprises, so one should better not leave the existing path. We saw a snake there that had just caught itself a mouse. The snake was small but for us tourists it was mere invisible until Khangai pointed it out for us. Unfortunately this place is almost covered these days by the high buildings built around it and the construction companies claiming every free spot in the city. Hence this religious place is hardly viewable from the outside and has become somehow an insider gem that fortunately can still be visited.

Traditional Mongolian Food Restaurant in Ulan BatorIn matters of food you will have no trouble finding a restaurant in Ulaanbaatar suiting your taste. You will find a big variety reaching from traditional Mongolian cuisine, to Korean, Turkish delicacies or Halal food. Fast-food eateries are also becoming a thing and so you can buy döner kebap, pizza and the tourist attraction Mongolian Barbecue almost everywhere. I loved the Mongolian cuisine that resembled western food a lot but had a spectacular taste!

If you are a vegetarian, it is easy to find a restaurant were no meat is being cooked in the capital. When travelling outside of Ulaanbaatar better take some meat-free food with you from the city before leaving. In the worst case you will have to eat a bunch of really sweet pastry sold in the small stores that you can find along the Steppe. Mongols usually eat meat and it is through tourists that they learned that there are people who can’t or don’t want to eat meat. So a vegetarian might be new to them but they will do anything to help you not to starve. Mongolian Cuisine Khuushuur Buuz Boortsog Khorkhog BoodogIf you are a vegan though, it will be hard to find nuts or vegetable in the Steppe to ensure a balanced diet. So if you don’t bring enough food from the city you might have to prepare yourself to a period of fasting. What you could also do, is ask the locals to prepare you dumplings without filling or fry them only with onions – that shouldn’t be a problem.

AMAROK Mongolia 2017 – Ulaanbaatar Part III

Buddha statue in Ulaanbaatar, near the Zaisan MemorialFor years now we have been travelling in central Asia and have gathered many impressions. Ulaanbaatar might not be a very big capital but it was extremely interesting for us as the Mongolian culture and tradition flows into the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants.

Our journey has started in a good way but we still weren’t sure about one thing: how our 8-year old daughter would cope with the trip. First of all it is a really long flight for a child at her age and furthermore we were visiting a country where she would have a language barrier. Spinning Buddhist Prayer Drums Monastery, Girar TamboresGood thing is that we have a friend living in Mongolia who used to live in Germany and so we could communicate with Khangai and his family in German and in English. This helped to increase our daughter’s interest in the trip and she could join all activities with curiosity and joy. We sadly noticed that there were no other tourist-children to be seen anywhere even though Mongolia is such a child-friendly country. It might have to do with the quite expensive flight costs that parents decide not to take their children with them. Because besides that there is no other reason not to take your child with you as there might not be another country as tranquil and peaceful as Mongolia. A trip to Mongolia is for a child a cultural enrichment on one hand and a healthy withdrawal from hi-tech and computer games on the other. Parents could give their children the chance to experience and enjoy the solitude in nature. Life of nomad Mongolian children, playing in friendshipFrom a visit at a nomadic camp the children would learn how well people can get along with only a minimum of food diversity and technological facilities compared to our overfilled lives. Language barriers are no actual obstacle for children to quickly make friends with the locals. You parents will be surprised to see how creative the children can be together in coming up with games using only a few and simple things given to them in order to have fun.

Hunting with eagles, falconry in Mongolia, Golden Eagles FestivalUlaanbaatar is a rapidly growing city and it will soon be a metropolis. In my opinion it is good that Mongolia is working its way towards economical independence even if the nomadic life is being inhibited this way. You can see this in the fact that half of the Mongolian people live in the capital and the rest is scattered throughout the land living as nomads. This is one more reason that makes Mongolia such an extraordinary travel destination: the population living all over this vast country hardly reaches the number of people living in Berlin. Here you can be sure that if you are not in the capital or a couple other bigger towns you will not cross path with anyone else on your journey. Thus an exciting time expects you and your travel companion, with indescribable nature, endless horizons and many animals. Concerning animals, Mongolia is a paradise for birds of prey as you can see as many as stray cats in Turkey.

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