Sain baina uu? Mongolia

I have done my practical training in my home country Mongolia. Known by its broad pristine nature and nomadic culture, Mongolia is the second largest landlocked country in the world, populated with 3 million people.

Back in 13th century Mongolian great khaan Chinggis (or Genghis) had conquered half of the world on the back of his horse and marked his name in history. Since then, too many things have changed in Mongolia, but also too little has changed in the ways of Nomadic people’s living.

Genghis Khaan statue outside the capital city
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Ulan Bator skyline

Today, one third of the population reside in urban areas, but almost half (45%) of the working age people are employed in agricultural sector, dominantly livestock herding. Because of this culture, traditional cuisine is rich with beef and lamb servings. Fresh, organic dairy products and meat are the highlights of traditional Mongolian food. This way it is a heaven to meat lovers! but vegans or vegetarians shouldn’t be discouraged, businesses have already found their ways to deliver the best services for everyone.

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Bit of traditional food with non traditional fresh vegetable salad

Maybe because the nature is preserved so well and the people are aiming to keep it that way, tourism practices in Mongolia are ecologically friendly in general.  Well, who would not want to freely wander in beautiful wild nature and experience the nomadic culture that is unlike any other? Below are some pictures of the “Khuvsgul” lake area where I have done my practical training. Photo credits goes to my supervisor Khongorzul Batdelger .

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Morning dew glittering in sunshine
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Tourist lodge accommodation in style of Tsaatan (reindeer herding ethnic group)
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Clear morning
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Town where I have created many precious memories
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One of the many days having good time with co-workers/friends
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My workplace on the left of three buildings in center

Mongolia is a vast country and it features many different natural environment such as Gobi desert in the southern side,  plain steppes in the central and eastern sides, snow capped Altai mountains in the western side, and evergreen forests in the northern sides. Thus my photos here are illustrating too little of what is in reserve for those who want to explore. It is an amazing destination for tourism and other visits, where there’s no environmental or political threats, all religions and races are welcomed and people treat you with the traditional hospitality ethics.

By the end of my internship I have gained invaluable experience, unforgettable memories, great networking contacts and a good research data I could use for my thesis. Most importantly, I am more confident now about where I would lead my professional career and what I will be doing in my future.

I hope all your exchanges would be fruitful and wonderful to you, as it was for me 🙂

– Eku

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