As you all know – I went to Mongolia for a vacation, recently, and I took a lot of pretty pictures.
But the thing is I actually took even more than the ones you’ve seen. So voila! Ils sont ici!
This is a photo story combined with random things I think you should know about Mongolia.
They are famous for their meat and their dairy. I don’t drink milk, but I did eat a lot of sheep, beef and more sheep. It was delicious. Top three things to eat in Mongolia, horshoo (deep fried meat dumpling), horhog (meat and vegetables cooked in a pressure cooker with the heat from freakishly hot pebbles) and barbecue (you know this). Try and get home-cooked versions of this. Like by making friends with locals.
Mongolian currency is Tugguruk – and it’s about USD1 to MGT1,900. Think about it like Korean won (if you’re familiar) and it’s close. Things in Mongolia aren’t that cheap – you’re looking at pricing similar to Singapore for food and clothing.
People are really into Adidas. Like REALLY.
Mongolian sounds like a cross between Korean and Russian. It sounds especially Korean to me because of that one time, I lived in Korea…
The city was modeled after Soviet cities. Whatever that means.
Alcoholism is a problem.
Pick-pockets are everywhere. Keep you money stashed safely on your person and don’t flash your fancy shit around.
Summer doesn’t start till July/August.
The Mongolian alphabet is the Cyrillic alphabet – aka the Russian alphabet.
Good places to eat while in Ulaanbaatar:
Broadway – serves great Western and other food.
Jur Ur – the best chocolate tart I’ve eaten in my life came from this place. There’s either coconut or bits of heaven in the crust.
Korean food is generally great – so you can probably eat that anywhere.
The two best things in Mongolia are it’s BIG BLUE SKY and it’s people. They are straightforward, warm and hospitable.