Buddha’s birthday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

On May 25th, a group of us gathered to participate in the official celebration of Buddha’s birthday in Ulaanbaatar.  We walked to the stadium and waited in line with our tickets.  Eventually they started admitting people from a few gates and we were ushered in and urged to get to close to the front and … Continue reading Buddha’s birthday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Wildflowers in Mongolia’s Terelj National Park

This time of year, Mongolia’s steppes begin to turn green with amazing plants.  Large areas of blue iris plants are left by the grazing animals.  Wild rhubarb pops up everywhere.  Wildflowers erupt to soak up the sun. On Saturday morning we headed to Terelj for another ger camping trip. We saw an amazing variety of … Continue reading Wildflowers in Mongolia’s Terelj National Park

Buddha’s birthday in Mongolia

Buddhism in Mongolia is very closely aligned with that of Nepal and Tibet.  On the full moon of May they celebrate Buddha’s birthday which also coincides with his enlightenment and death.  Last year, we caught a glimpse of it from afar when a massive collection of paper lanterns drifted off into the sky.  This year … Continue reading Buddha’s birthday in Mongolia

Applying for a Chinese visa in Mongolia

I have applied four times for Chinese visas at the China embassy in Ulaanbaatar in the past year and a half.  Things have changed a little and are bound to change more.  As of right now here is what you need to do to apply for a Chinese visa if you’re not a Mongolian citizen. … Continue reading Applying for a Chinese visa in Mongolia

Caucasia Restaurant – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

  Last night we finally went to a restaurant near our place in downtown Ulaanbaatar.  We’ve been planning to try it for months.  “Caucasia” serves Armenian, Georgian and Azerbaijani food.  We tried their appetizer that is similar to chips and salsa, salads, dumplings, pizza-like dish and kabobs.  Everything was quite good.  Prices were reasonable – Pepper and … Continue reading Caucasia Restaurant – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia