unexpected tips: 15 things I wish I knew before going to Mongolia

unexpected tips: 15 things I wish I knew before going to Mongolia

Mongolia is a stunning country with the friendliest people and a vibe that is completely it's own. Compared to the rest of the world, it's relatively unexplored. I didn't anticipate how difficult it would be to get around, and there are certainly some things I wish I had known prior to arriving in UB. I [...]

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

unexpected mongolia: naadam and trying fermented mare’s milk?!

Naadam is what I like to call the Mongolian Olympics. It's a festival/competition of three events: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Naadam is quite interesting because there's the main one in Ulaanbaatar, but also smaller countryside ones. The two types of Naadams, countryside and UB, are completely different from each other. UB's is supposedly a [...]

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

unexpected mongolia: trekking in the altai mountains

In the beginning of July, I mentioned that I wanted to explore Mongolia. It's a place travellers often overlook, and it was calling my name! So I made it happen. Phil (from my Chinese school) and I met back up in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and then flew out West to the Altai Mountains. The Altai are [...]