Greetings from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia!
Sain baina-uu from Mongolia! After over a year of preparation and anticipation, we’ve made it to the Azara Guest House all in one piece, with no luggage lost and smiles on every face.
After hideous traffic into Heathrow we boarded our 10 hour flight to Beijing. The topic of conversation for days after has been ‘The Meg’, undoubtedly a film not worth watching, but the survival of the Yorkshire terrier in the Chinese sea was of great concern to Ophelia and Sophie in particular. We spent a stuffy six hours in Beijing airport and after a dozy second flight over flood plains and circular dots of gers, we finally landed in Chinghis Khan International Airport to meet Naomi and Lhkana, our Projects Abroad friends.
Our first impression of Ulaanbaatar through the minibus windows was that it was very different to London. Through the left window, the industrial city of Soviet-style, abandoned apartment buildings were visible, whilst on the right, white gers were framed by a skyline of lush green mountains creating a stark contrast to the beige and grey of the centre.
We had delicious takeaway in our new home before heading to bed.