I promised to share a few photos of Mongolia (and my few days in China). It's not the type of content I usually post here, but hopefully some of you might be interested. I'll try to keep it short and sweet :)
The landscapes were beyond gorgeous. It's such a pure, wild, remote, breathtaking space. The skies and dense, floating clouds are probably what impressed me the most.
We were lucky enough to see a group of Przewalski's horses. Przewalski's horses are native to Mongolia and are the last remaining breed of wild horse! It was an other-worldly experience. I have a soft spot for horses, and my heart was beating like crazy as I watched them run away from our sight.
Mongolian people (or at least the ones I met), although some seemed cold at first sight, were always kindly, curious and generous. I had so much fun with kids- I don't speak mongolian, but language wasn't really an obstacle to communication.
Temples are colorful and intricate- quite a contrast to the landscapes.
This looked like Switzerland! I apologize for the bad quality- I took the photo with my phone.
That lake was breathtaking. It was a bit cold, but since you can't shower everyday, swimming and washing was a blessing.
That's what a city looks like in Mongolia (a relatively small one, granted).
After saying adieu to the goats, sheeps, yacks and horses, we took the train from UlaanBaatar (the capital of Mongolia) to Beijing. It's a 30 hours ride- 30 hours of oppressing heat and continuous noise, but quite an adventure.
We headed from Beijing to Gubeiku, a small village that makes a great start point to hikes on the great wall. The great wall... majestic, impressive- I have no words. I wish I had taken better photos of it to show its splendor. It was super hot on that day (about 105°F) and every move to take my camera out of my backpack was a torment. So I only took a couple of photos, then switched to mental photos only.
We only had a few days in China. After barely enough time to take a picture of the longest green beans I have ever seen, pet the happy cats of our hostel, and buy some pu-ehr tea, it was already time to hop on the plane back home.
I could tell much more about my trip, but I promised to keep it short and already broke that promise! If you plan on visiting Mongolia and have any question at all, I'd be delighted to try my best to answer them.
I'll be back to regular blogging tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by today.