1 Sep. A day in Ulan Bataar
30 - 8. HORSE-POWER
29 - 8. CONGRATULATIONS - WE ARE NOW IN MONGOLIA!
We have left Russia and entered Mongolia with Green Car. We have done 8000 km from Estonia to Mongolia through Russia and it has taken us 50 days. Customs only took four hours - we had five cars in front of us. On the Mongolian side Claus and Karen Elise were waiting, having just arrived by bus from Ulan Ude. And then our good Mongolian friend and Moto Mundo-partner Sukhee turned up in his tall Land Cruiser. Sukhee is a great motor-man and winner two weeks ago of the tough international Mongolian Rally Mongolia (not to be confused with the touristic Mongolian Rally) in a Mitsubishi racing car. He led us to a wonderful river where we camped for the night. We pitched our tents as the grasshoppers and the generator sang and the day became a glowing line on the horizon. We are SO happy to have arrived in Mongolia.
27 - 8. A MISERABLE DAY
26- 8. A LUCKY DAY
25 - 8 WE WOKE UP GREEN CAR
24-8 HOW HARD CAN IT BE?
23-8. THE TRUE, RAW CAPITALISM
The spare-part for Green Car has been in Irkutsk since Friday. At DHL Hjalte got an employee start the process to get our long-awaited goods released from customs. That done we took a street-car down to the central market. It was bursting with all kinds of food-stuffs, an impressive change from when we were here during communist-times. Then 22 years ago the fridges were all empty make-believe. Shops had paintings of food but nothing you could eat. You had to be a war-veteran to buy a piece of susage on your ration-card. To buy a bread you had to stand in a line. Now the vast hall is full of fresh fish, meat, dairy-products, berries and vegetables - all from around Irkutsk. Imported wine, cheese, tea and coffee are sold from rows of small kiosks. In central Irkutsk trendy cafes and restuarants line the streets. People are well dressed, everyone seems to be in a hurry to earn money and spend them.
22 - 8. SUNDAY AT THE BAIKAL-LAKE