In the absence of an immediate placement and not liking being out of control, I am off to Mongolia at the end of the month just to get some adventure back into my soul even if it is only for a few weeks and just for pleasure.
Mongolia offers adventures in some of the most beautiful and untouched landscapes in the world and a vast cultural richness of what was the largest empire humanity has ever known. Located in the landlocked plateau of Central Asia between China and Russia, Mongolia covers an area larger than the combined areas of UK, France, Germany and Italy (note not one reference to the size of Wales).
The traditional dwelling, the ger has been used since Mongolians started their nomadic life centuries ago. It consists of felt covers over a wooden frame and the size denotes the owners wealth -I will get to know them well as most of the trip will be very remote and they will be the only option.
I will be attending the Nadaam festival which is the biggest festival of the year for Mongolians and has been held for centuries as an annual memorial celebration. Usually occurring in July it runs for three days in all parts of the country and highlights the greatest athletes in horse racing, archery and wrestling. Competitions take place on the first two days and merry-making on the third.
I was going to return by train on the trans Siberian railway via Moscow but had to cancel that as it would have taken too long ….. There are now other plans in the immediate future but thereby hangs another tale – watch this space.