Wednesday, September 26, 2007
We Made it to Mongolia!
After 30+ hours on the train (really, you stop counting after hour 24 or so...), we have finally arrived in Ulaanbaatar. We were met at the train by minni Mongol aav, or my Mongolian father, Zorigtbaatar and his nephew Angar. I was immediately very chatty, as I'd had many, many hours of Mongolian language practice with a five-year old named Suvdaa (tranlates to "Pearl") on the train. Below are some pictures of Suvdaa throwing (!) and Suvdaa and John playing cards. Suvdaa actually required us to play store with the cards, using them as money for us to buy items she had in her bag.
You can see a bit of our coupe in the background; it was a deluxe, 2-person coupe with a shared "shower" (basically just a room with a sink). Not too bad but we were very happy to exit the train this afternoon.
I'll blog more tomorrow about our accomodations, first impressions of Ulaanbaatar this time, etc. It's 7pm now and I'm ready for bed. :)