Erdenet is the second largest city in Mongolia. Six hours by car, or eleven hours by overnight train. It’s a Russian copper mining town built in the 1970s and now up to about 80,000 folks. Soviet style apartments, not much to look at, and probably even less to do.
On the train, there was an extremely drunk convict handcuffed to a bar in between train cars. He was yelling all night, although it wasn’t clear if it was for booze or to be let out. Bonding over this strange occurrence, we met a European couple and ended up being invited to a fantastic ger camp owned by a guy from New York and his Mongolian wife. Mongolia is a place for strange waylays, interesting people, and the chance to say yes when an unusual offer comes around
This is a tourist ger camp, anyone interested in more info or to book a ger can leave a comment and I’ll connect you to Mark the owner.
After the dust, dirt, and uniform buildings of Mongolian cities, this was a great retreat into the mountains. There were a hundred people from a local university having a company party. We danced, played games, drank many shots of vodka throughout the day, watched a lady pole dance with a tree, and, possibly the highlight, an airag drinking contest. Airag is a local drink made from fermented horse milk. Several young men got down three or four classes, but the milk content lead to spewing soon after the gulping. Highly entertaining, if quite disgusting.
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