Today was a great day of new experiences. Shinetsog’s parents prepared a great Mongolian picnic for us. There were dumplings and horse meat with potatoes and carrots, some great pickles and a variety of Mongolian cheese and curd foods all washed down by a healthy amount of vodka. Any fantasy I had about being a Mongolian warrior in a past life was but to rest by my inability to finish a full cup of airag (fermented mare’s milk).
After the picnic we went to a giant Genghis Khan statue took a bunch of photos which was followed by another mid day food break. Then one of Byamba’s friend’s invited us into her ger which was followed by even more food. We were served milk tea, fresh yogurt and a sweet caramelized cream called Khailmag. It was really great to see a traditional ger up close. We watched as the yaks and sheep were fed and even got to ride a horse. Finally we made a stop a music shop where I spent the rest of my Mongolian money on CDs and small instruments that might some how fit into my bag.
We have one more day in Mongolia then we’ll be headed to DC. We have so many people to thank for our time here in Ulaanbaatar. A huge thank you goes out to Hulegu, Nominjin and Byamba for taking such great care of during our time here. I’m looking forward to a day when I can repay the hospitality.