Temperature minus 10 degrees C
We spend some time living with a traditional nomadic family in the beautiful Terelj National Park
- We head to this park by car. Terelj is almost uninhabited by humans, only by a few nomads and farmers. Inside the park, there are ranges of protected animals.
- Animals crossing the road in front of us
We pass the train to China, which we will be taking in a few days time
We approach an Ovoo - Our driver tells us that before going out to war every soldier would place a rock into this large pile. If they return safely from war then they remove a rock. The remaining rocks signify the numbers of soldiers who didn't return
We pace around a Shamanistic Ovoo - When coming across an Ovoo, Mongolians by tradition will walk around the Ovoo three times in clockwise direction and then offer something small - this could be a rock, a piece of cloth, a bottle or a little money.
The view as we enter Terelj
We arrive at our home for the night - a Ger, which is the traditional accommodation of nomadic Mongolia from ancient times - when Genghis Khan was ruling and expanding the country - until today
Inside our Ger (felt-lined tent)
We climb a small mountain with a Mongolian dog
A bit of the landscape
The snow is miraculous
We check the compass - thanks Sofie and Fede!
Where there is sun there is no snow (and vice versa)
Papa saddles up the horses for us
The view from Chloe's Strawberry Blonde horse (we ride for 2 hours)
Stephen stops for a photo - for anyone wondering this position for 2 hours is suprisingly painful
After the horse ride (in front of Turtle Rock - a rock that looks like a turtle... from the opposite side)
Chloe with the Boy of the family. He can really ride a horse!
Stephen freezing - but still doing Taiji
We are surrounded by mountains
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As the sun sets
The moon keeps the sky bright through the night
The view from our Ger at night
Inside the Ger at night
Clear skies - can anyone tell us what the constellations are?