Day 5, July 23rd – Summer camp

A rather varied day – but at least it didn’t rain! A sponge bath in the morning, with hot water provided by Kaz, who got up early to make the fire after the fiasco of last night. It feels so good to wash in hot water again! I still need to find an opportunity to…

Day 4, July 22nd – Summer Camp

Today was a very exiting day. Packing our belongings and supplies into an 18 seater mini bus, we drove out of Ulaan Baatar, and the shanty town that surrounds, with both makeshift houses and gers, to a valley with houses at its opening, a military outpost and checkpoint, and finally the summer camp! It is…

Day 3, July 21st – Ulaan Baatar

We had an interesting day today. Will, Alex, Leslie and I went to the bus depot in an attempt to find a bus for the trek beginning next week. Not too successful, but we have hope. We have been relying on a French restaurant for takeaways and pastries, and a deli for takeaway dinners. Pretty…

Day 2, July 20th 2006 – Beijing to Ulaan Baatar

Thanks to my confusion over time zones, my alarm went off much earlier and I mistakenly woke everyone up long before they needed to, fearing we would miss our flight. Fortunately, everyone didn’t hold that much of a grudge. My turn to be dehydrated today, but fortunately it didn’t last too long since I’ve drunk…

Day 1, July 19th 2006 – Beijing

An interesting, if sober, first day. I left a perfume container behind on the plane, Emma lost a plastic bag of things, we lost the guide to Mongolia belonging to Kaz (our team leader) – one great big day of losing. Poor Leslie got incredibly dehydrated and sick at the airport. Even though we found…

Day 0, July 17th 2006. It begins.

Preparations at school, and our group is annoyed that the other group who will also be doing the challenge arrived much later than us, when we’d been told we’d have to show up incredibly early in the morning. Unfair. Having packed our rucksacks last night, we then have to repack them in ways that would…

Ten Years Since Mongolia – BEGIN!

Roughly ten years ago, I and several of my fellow students went on a World Challenge trip to Mongolia, to spend about a month there. I kept a diary nearly throughout the experience. I say nearly because, during the final few days in Beijing before we returned home, there were certain mitigating factors that prevented my…