I’d firstly like to say that this post is written in a way that describes my personal views and moments as they happened pre and along my trip to Mongolia. This may therefore mean the tone or grammatical arrangement of the content may be written in a documentary/diary-style language.
In reading this, I hope this gives you an idea of my adventurous trip to Mongolia with my girlfriend, who becomes my fiancée on this incredible trip to Mongolia.
Day 15 & 16 in Mongolia: Saturday, October 3rd 2015 – Sunday October 4th – Touring and last bits of shopping
Day 17 in Mongolia: Monday, October 5th 2015 – Leave for London
My highlight and summary of the trip is that Mongolia is a magnificent big country, filled with kind hearted people. The land is blessed with abundance of nature and the weather is great! Sunny days, blue skies and cold, starry nights.
The contrast between the capital and the part of steppe we stayed for 12 days was very distinct. Modern, western lifestyle is the way of living in the capital, whilst traditional ways is the way of living outside the capital. People are very hard working and welcome people of all travels. Mongolians found me to be a phenomenally rare breed. The locals in the capital and the locals in the countryside wouldn’t stop looking at me and would take every opportunity, especially in the countryside to ask for a photo with me.
On the trip I’ve met many great and kind people. People from different parts of the world, all came together and worked together for good causes on the argali and ibex project. We successfully captured in total, five argali, ibex and some rams and tagged and radio collared to be monitored. We’ve endured many hours on the ground and in the cold in hiding for the horsemen to chase the herds into our capture net, and have enjoyed many hours of laughter together. We’ve studied together, and sang together. I got engaged to Kim as well as spent my birthday in the semi desert with these people I now see as family.
It’s been a great adventure. Many memories, all of it positive recollections and I would do it all again!
Some more photos.