Thursday Doors: Back to Mongolia

It’s been six years since I traveled from Hong Kong to Outer Mongolia.  Arriving at Chinggis Khaan Airport, long-time friends waited in the concourse to welcome me back to Mongolia.  The wonderful reunions made me wonder why I stayed away so long.  The people are incredible and the land is amazing.

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Besides seeing friends, one of my favorite things to do in Mongolia is to sleep in a comfy ger at the Oasis Guesthouse in Ulan Bator.

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The group of friends I traveled with, my daughter, and I spent a couple of days sightseeing, which included a visit to the “Chinggis Khan Statue Park.”

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Mongolia’s wide-open spaces were breathtaking.

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Next, we were off to the “National Park Mongolia 13thCentury.”  Guards, dressed in full uniform from the time-period, sat on horseback as we entered through the gate.  We traveled through more beautiful wide open spaces.

 

 

 

The park is located 96 km from Ulan Bator in Erdene Sum, Tuv Province.  It is a recreation of a Chinggis Khaan settlement, set up in a number of stations, or camps.  The first stop was the Royal Ger.

 

 

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Door Knob

In the royal ger, we dressed in special costumes and took lots of photos.  The outfits were quite heavy.  I’m sure they kept the wearers warm during the cold Mongolian winters.

 

 

There were a number of other amazing stations depicting this time period.

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After a weekend of playing the tourist, we traveled by bumpy bus into the countryside to conduct a summer camp for nearly one-hundred kids who normally live in a government-run orphanage throughout the year.

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We woke early every morning to the sound of revelry.

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It was glorious fun to run and play, even at my “old” age, and experience the joy and radiant smiles of the children.  I received so much more joy than I could ever give.

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*This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. prior.. says:

    brenda – what a cool experience and the trumpet player in the door is one of the top pics for me – but the colorful doers you opened with are so artsy

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    1. Yeah, the young man with the trumpet is very talented (besides revelry which drove me a little crazy … not a morning person … hehe). I do love the artsy orange Mongolia doors too! =)

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      1. prior.. says:

        yeah – quite the wake up music
        ha

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  2. JT Twissel says:

    What a wonderful experience! Beautiful doors as well.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan! =)

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  3. It looks like a very interesting country to visit, and helping at the camp would be a huge bonus of the travel adventure. Love the brown wooden door with the amazing hardware.

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    1. It certainly is an amazing country. The lion head’s doorknocker symbolizes bravery and strength (I think). =) Thank you for your lovely comments.

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  4. Create Space says:

    You do great work! I hope you made many more memories to treasure until your next visit!

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    1. Hi Marie! You’re very sweet. So many more wonderful memories to add for sure. I look forward to catching up reading your posts, I’ve missed visiting you there. I hope you are feeling and doing well! =)

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      1. Create Space says:

        Hi Brenda, I’ll look forward to your visits! I’ve had a brilliant new experience in Bonn which I had hoped to post about while there, sadly internet would not oblige but I hope to add some posts shortly. I am good thanks, just tired but that’s nothing new!! X

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      2. Look forward to seeing your posts on Bonn. I understand the internet thing, very little in Mongolia. Hope you get some good rest!

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  5. Jane Gealy says:

    I visited about 10 years ago, and your post has brought back so many memories. Happy days.

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    1. I’m so glad my post brought back good memories! Thanks for letting me know. =)

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  6. Rowena says:

    Wow, Brenda. Loved all your photos and the intricate features. The orange door tells a thousand stories. Love it. I also loved all the colourful outfits.
    We have vast, empty plains here in Australia as well. I’ve driven across to Perth and caught the train a few times as well. The vastness of the Nullarbor Plain is incredible. Thanks for putting me onto this door share. I’m off to check it out.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. I’ve visited or stayed for bits of time in Melbourne, Wollongong, and Perth (my son attended University there). I love the landscape of Australia. You really do live in a beautiful country! I hope you enjoy the group of door lovers. You too could be one (hehe).

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    1. Thanks so much, Mongolia is a beautiful place as are the people. =)

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      1. frejatravels says:

        Yes, I agree:) My husband love Mongolia. I do not mind about it but I really had problem when we drive in a very dusty road and no shower for 3 days or using smelly outdoor toilet. oh boy, what an experience. It was the hardest I ever travel.

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  7. gahlearner says:

    What a wonderful experience this must have been. Makes me want to visit Mongolia even more. One day… The choice of pictures is great, too.

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you do get the chance to visit. =)

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  8. Lovely post and pictures!

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    1. Thanks so much, Valerie! =)

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