Monday, October 1, 2007
Where We're Staying
Today’s post is about the apartment where we’re staying in Ulaanbaatar. It’s what’s called a “one room” apartment, meaning that there’s one main living/bedroom, with a kitchen and a bedroom. We’ve been really lucky with electricity since we’ve been here- on average it only goes out once a day or so. The kitchen is well stocked with our bottled water supply (a necessity since John and I both have experienced a wee bit of intestinal distress since our arrival!)
The building we’re in is in the Sansar district, which is in the eastern part of Ulaanbaatar. It’s a busy district, and the nearby street (Ikh Toiruu) has lots of shops, internet cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. One of the local hotspots is called “Oakland Disco Club” and John is sorely tempted to visit Oakland in Mongolia!
The picture above shows our “main” room. You can see me typing up this blog on my laptop, actually, while John plays photographer.
Next, a photo of the kitchen, complete with our drying laundry. Due to the almost total lack of humidity here, laundry dries in a flash.
A photo of the toilet, just in case you were wondering…
And finally, the view from our apartment. Note the interesting contrast between the very large, very new building on the right (which was actually built to house the American Consulate but is now private apartments) and the traditional Mongolian ger in the construction zone to the left.