Countryside Tour

07 Apr Countryside Tour

For our rest day, we decided to visit the province where the 40-foot all-steel statue of Genghis Khan is located. But on our way there, we had to stop to ask for directions. We took this opportunity to take some awesome road shots with the vast plains and mountains on the background. Not long after, we spotted some herdsmen with fowls and camels and asked if we could take a photo with the animals. It was my first time to carry a vulture and ride a camel so that was a really memorable experience for me. Shortly after, we went to Genghis Khan Statue Complex, a museum that is graced by the biggest equestrian statue in the world. Just to give you a perspective: the rider’s face alone is much much bigger than the tallest member of our team. After visiting the museum, we headed to a nearby Ger Camp to learn about the lifestyle of a traditional nomadic Mongolian.

The view as we leave the city: Less man-made structures, more nature.

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With the traffic so light, you could take photos like these in like…anytime!

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Meet my falcon!

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It’s not everyday that you get to ride a camel. Specially not in Manila.

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After a few hours, we finally had a glimpse of what we were looking for — the Genghis Khan Statue Complex.

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The team stands in front of the biggest equestrian statue in the world. It’s unbelievable, the size of this one.

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Probably the biggest boot in the world. I could literally fit inside and have so much room left. How do I take this back home?

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Because everybody knows that Genghis Khan is like one of the fiercest warriors…ever.

This is our best attempt on cosplay at Mongolia:

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Need space? Try Mongolia!

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So this is how a ger camp looks like.

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Just to give you a perspective of it’s size. Families have lived in huts like this for centuries and a lot of them still do until now.

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Inside a ger: beds, and a coal heater. Because a simple life is possible. Communal washrooms are actually located outside.

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Meet a Mongolian dog. Legend has it that Mongolian dogs could actually defeat a bear. So imagine my fear when a dog like this tried to run after me in another ger camp. For a second there, I thought I was going to die.

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Fun fact: there are more cattle than people in Mongolia. This photo does not even justify the number of animals you would see on almost every slope outside the city.

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Sunset! Yes, sunset!
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