When we arrived back in Ulaabaatar we discovered it had snowed while we were gone. Notice the snow.
All of the trains and railroad tracks were a gift to the Mongolian people from Russia.
|We attended a program of traditional Mongolian dance and music. This performance was very colorful and we enjoyed it very much.|
The flight from Hong Kong to Ulaabaatar was a direct flight of 4 1/2 hours. When we got off the plane we said, "Oh, Idaho weather!!" We were scheduled for 5 days there but we got to stay an extra 2 days because our original return flight was canceled. Dinner the first night cost us $59,600 Tuks. We got half a million dollars out of the ATM machine at The Chinggis Kahn hotel, however that was Mongolian money which was about $360 US. In all we spent $1, 100, 000. We are millionaires.
To my dear sister in Washington, I now understand why you complain about the dry weather in Idaho. Going from Hong Kong to Mongolia was very hard on my skin. My lips were dry constantly and the skin on my legs and feet looked like snake skin.
Anyone that has a car is also a taxi driver if they want to be. You flag them down and negotiate a price for the trip. The roads and sidewalks can be very treacherous with potholes and broken pavement. The cars will dodge into the opposing lane of traffic to avoid a pothole. Tom had the "ride of his life" in the front seat during our four hour ride from Ulaabaatar to Darkhan. For a former driver's ed instructor it was terrifying to have the car dodge into the opposite lane of traffic with a car coming at us at 100 km per hour and no brake on your side.
The training and presentations we gave were well received and hopefully will motivate and inspire the leaders and members of Mongolia to move forward in doing Family History. The Mongolian people are very interested in their ancestors.
In a few weeks we plan to go Jakarta, Indonesia.