One of the best things about doing a Ger to Ger trip in Mongolia is that you get full access to the families and the culture. You learn, you communicate, your spread knowledge and understanding. I have another ulterior motive though – staying with families in their gers give you great access for photography. The […]
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Authentic Cultural Travel in Mongolia – 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, breakdowns, or deal with the nagging internal question of “Will we make it?” The road was bumpy and slow-going, but in Mongolian standards this road was perfection. […]
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?
What is a Mongolian Ger? Gers have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years. A Ger is our traditional round shaped dwelling that has been used since the Mongols started nomadic life with animal husbandry. In essence – it’s their home. Ger is portable, easily assembled and […]
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 […]
Shocking Tarmac – Mongol Rally
“What’s that smell?” asked Deb. “I don’t know, but I smell it too.” said Dave. “I don’t smell a thing.” I said from the back seat. We stopped to investigate under the car and the hood. We had already had a tire repaired again today in a little ger truck stop…but now we had only […]