my name is spike. from louisiana, now i live in mongolia. i take photos.

was hoping to have the last picture in this series be Eli climbin through, but he didn’t want to wait in line …

each person would go in to the middle and crouch up/stand inside. they would try to turn around a few times while crouched in the middle without bumping small stone pegs that would be pushed out if they hit them. after they crawled out they would press the pegs back in and the next person would try … idk

citylung: Fantastic blog! Your pictures really make me wanna go to Mongolia. I live in Korea and I have a chance to go for a long weekend. I am wondering if it would be ridiculous to try and experience the country in such a short time... What do you think? Thanks

Thank you so much! I’m still shooting so many bad photos per OK photo, so compliments mean a lot!

To answer your question, I guess it depends on how long a long weekend is. It takes a while to get anywhere in Mongolia, so a trip to the gobi would probably take at least 4 days (a day of travel each way, two days to see the major sites..)

There are areas relatively close to UB that you can spend a weekend seeing (Any one of selenge aimag, terelj, kharkhorum, burkhan khaldun), but they are not as exotic as the Gobi or the west (Olgii)

Lmk if you have other questions or I can elaborate on something!

right walking up to the front gate of the monastery was this stone slab with traditional Mongolian script.

after becoming a satellite state of the Soviets in 1921, the Soviets “introduced” the cyrillic alphabet to Mongolia in the 40s, which essentially replaced all of the use of the traditional script.

the place where the script is still most commonly used is in Inner Mongolia (China), though there have been some pushes in Mongolia to relearn and begin reteaching the traditional script.

i’m not sure what it says.

taken at the Amarbayasgalant Monastery in Selenge Aimag (province), Mongolia