This morning we left Ugtaal and drove the 80kms to Choir in a Russian “Jeep”. Unfortunately, the Russian Jeep broke down. Fortunately, it was within the last 5kms of the trip. We were on the outskirts of Choir – and the driver’s wife’s sister was able to come pick us up. She is, very conveniently, a taxi driver in the town.
Our 3:30pm train left on time.
And 5 hours later, we were in Sainshand. It is a much bigger city with more of the amenities we North Americans are so used to. For example, I was elated to be able to enjoy running wayer (and therefore, to shower) for the first time in 5 days. And having internet access again is certainly a bonus as well.
Nonetheless, our experience in Ugtaal was very positive and we are forever greatful to the people of the town for welcoming us so warmly into their community! We are truly lucky to have been able to experience their culture - and roughing it certainly made us appreciate all of the luxuries we take for granted in our day-to-day lives.
Tomorrow, we will be waking up at 3am to head out to watch a Gobi desert sunrise…
-- Ramune Jonusonis