Mongolia: Camel ride and frozen

A morning view- rare for me yet a common sight for the Bor Family
A morning view- rare for me yet a common sight for the Bor Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th November 2015

The grandmother came into our ger last night and added more cow dung for the stove. I’m not fond of coldness nor breathing in dung but at least Kenneth, Li Chin and moi woke up successfully. We went out of the ger for some fresh air and were all distracted by the view.  You feel tiny when faced with endless plains and mountain ranges, all glittering under the morning sun. The walk was refreshing and I watched as the men used traditional methods to catch goats. I tried and failed miserably.

It is not everyday that you have the chance to ride a camel after breakfast so we did just that.

Grandfather with our three adorable camels ( Left to Right): Herbet, Basil and Elvis
Grandfather with our three adorable camels (Left to Right): Herbet, Basil and Elvis

The family owns around 5 camels and the ride took us around the valley where we discovered that the Bors also built a second home there. Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 2.06.35 PM Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 2.05.17 PM

The camel ride was relaxing and after we ended the ride, I saw the goats being slaughtered. Winter is just around the corner and having enough meat is important. It never registered with me that the goat I tried to catch in the morning would end up as meat along with its companion. The two sons checked its teeth which I thought is a local way of determining how old the goat it and hence knowing whether or not they are good to be milked…not slaughtered- wait a second….you can milk goats right?  Ok, yes you can..moving on.

They handed me the severed head. Sometimes, just nod and smile. It's all part of the experience.
They handed me the severed head. Sometimes, just nod and smile. It’s all part of the experience.

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Group photo
Group photo

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We drove to our next destination Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and on the way, we stopped at a frozen lake which sparked another photo obsession- reflections.

There weren’t much signs of life under the icy cover except for one little fish -dashing its way and hiding from the onslaught of winter.

So far, we’ve seen open plains, deserts, snow and frozen lakes.

It’s great that Mongolia is able to offer a range of varying landscapes. We made our way back. The camp site at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park welcomed us for the last day of the tour.

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