According to the Ger to Ger itinerary we were stuck in this grey, bleak Gobi Desert village until 11 AM so I decided to try to make the best of it and find some beauty in its coldness by going for a walk around the dusty empty streets with my camera. I was surprised to […]
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Gobi Desert Surprises: Why You Should Include it in your Mongolia Travels
When I was planning my trip to Mongolia, I knew that I wanted to mainly spend my time in the Gobi Desert. I’m drawn to remote cultures, and barren landscapes; the Gobi Desert seemed like it would be just what I was looking for. “We all live under the same sky but we don’t have […]
Visiting Mongolia with Ger to Ger
The bus bounced along on the road north and for the first time in 5 weeks I just sat back, relaxed and didn’t have to worry about directions while visiting Mongolia. I wasn’t responsible for breakdowns, or had to deal with the nagging internal question of “Will we make it?” Even thought I was bouncing […]
Ulaanbaatar Mongolia 2.0
I instinctively made it to the office building; it had been two years since I was there and even though the buildings around it had changed, the Ger to Ger office building stood out to me teasing my memory and providing me flashes of deja vu. I remembered the stairs, the odd sculpture outside the […]
What’s it all for?
As much as participating in the Mongol Rally was to satiate my need for adventure and something different – it had another purpose…a big purpose. It was for this…. For Them… These are some of the children who live at the Christina Nobel Foundation Blue Skies Ger Village in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It serves as a […]
What Happens to the Car?
The most frequent question I get asked is “How did you get along with your teammates?”…which I will answer in a later blog post…have patience! But the 2nd question is always, “What did you do with the car?” That is the beauty of the Mongol Rally – the car is used to raise more money […]
What is a Mongolian Ger and Traditions?
One of my favorite things about traveling in Mongolia was going inside Mongolian gers. I’m not talking about a Mongolian ger camp that’s been modified for tourism, but a real family’s ger. I was fascinated at how whole families could live in the round structure with no walls. There was absolutely no privacy in a […]
The Finish Line – Mongol Rally
It’s hard to put into words what those last 20km were like as we drove into Ulaanbaatar. All I can say is that is wasn’t easy. It was actually some of the worst roads and construction we had experienced. There was no real time to relax and soak up the moment, as we had to […]
Ulaanbaatar in our Sights
I woke up giddy, excited, anxious, and a bit sad. This was it – our last day of the Mongol Rally. It started exactly 5 weeks earlier on a Saturday in London. Now here we were 300 km from Ulaanbaatar Mongolia’s finish line. The day started like any other; local visitors bringing gifts of food […]
Mongolian Cloudscapes – Photography
I believe that there is something very special about the Mongolian skies. Out of all of the countries I’ve been to, the skies in Mongolia are the most memorable. They are vast. They are the most perfect color blue. Even when they get angry and dark, they are perfection. They make me feel small. And […]