Tuesday, September 25, 2007

8/31 Driving to Ogii Nuur Lake

Our first day was spent driving the 360km to Ogii Nuur Lake where we were to make camp. The drive was incredibly bumpy and we had to take motion sickness pills to get through it. To give you some perspective, it took us nearly 10 hours, not counting our stops for lunch and to check our horses, a euphemism for needing a restroom. Mongolia is as untouched as they come so the rest stops were aplenty.

The lake was beautiful and we camped right up against it.
Annika took a dip, saying it was completely normal to jump in a freezing cold lake since she's Swedish...which brings me to the other participants. Annika lives in Thailand with her family due to her husband's work in telecom. Daniel is Belgian, spending a month in Mongolia. He is a stage lighting technician and his next project will be the opera in Monaco. Jim and Lisa are a married couple from the UK. Jim works in special effects for movies (and knows GKR!) and Lisa has a business creating invitations. Katie is an American who has been living in Tokyo for the last year and a half, first teaching English and then working at an equestrian club. She was the most experienced out of all of us and often raced with the herdsmen. Crazy. The herdsmen, Dogii and Jergdallen, arrived with our horses as our tents were being set up. Nomads, our tour company, really took care of us. Our tents were always waiting for us and all of our meals were excellent. I was a little concerned that it would be all mutton all the time in Mongolia but Nomads puts their cooks through a two week training program to ensure great meals. We had anything from deviled eggs with caviar and crepes for breakfast; cheeseburgers for lunch; and spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner.


Will said...

Wow, I didn't realize Mongolia looked so beautiful.. I assumed.. I dunno.. barren sandy desserts or something.. :)

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