this is from our first week in Mongolia- we had class and an overnight at a ger camp about half an hour outside of UB
this is at Hustai National Park, the fieldtrip we took the first weekend we spent in Mongolia. Lots of hiking and enjoying the scenery.
Hustai Park is also famous for having the largest wild horse herd in the world.
this is a rather blurry picture from a show at the Mongolian National Theater, of course it was about the life of Chinggis Khan
This is a picture from Gandan Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It is located in UB and was one of the very lucky few not to be destroyed during the Communist purges.
This is part of the mural of the memorial at Zaisan Hill, just on the outskirts of UB.
This is a picture of the city of Ulaanbaatar
This is from the weekend trip we took out to Kharakhorum and some areas around there. It's very easy to go horseback riding once you get into the countryside, and some of the group has really taken to it.
One of the best parts about the countryside are wonderful scenes like this.
This is a rather typical sight off the "roads" in Mongolia. The particular one shown here is from the long drive to Kharakhorum.
This is taken on the tall hill right next to Kharakhorum, very close to our ger camp.
Entrance to Kharakhorum and Erdenezuu
a really great statue, one of many
more of the complex
Now: our trip to the Gobi
some really awesome cliffs
as you can see by Amanda and Ananya's excellent demonstration, it was incredibly windy
we went hiking through these mountains/big rocky hills and came upon this huge sheet of ice/glacier. Of course, when you are confronted with a glacier while in the Gobi, the only possible course of action is to take of your shoes and walk around barefoot on the ice until you can no longer physically stand it.
Then, we rode camels
hiked around the Flaming Cliffs for a bit (didn't find any dinosaurs though)
and visited a saxuul forest
As you can see, it's been a lot of fun.