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Snow had fallen on the hills overnight, the house surrounded by goats during the night, lots of tea at breakfast, photographed Mama and daughter in law milking the yaks and cows. Toilet was the great outdoors. Gave Urdu a book and Petel and Dashka crayons drawing pencils and sticker books and papa's wife the bottles of snuff, papa had gone out at 6am with the eagle and some photographers who were staying at Huandih's place so we didn't see him again, he was a lovely guy.
After breakfast we left, stopped at Sagsai and walked around in freezing wind, it had rained a bit last night, looked very desolate, a mosque in the centre but buildings scattered haphazardly around, hardly any sign of life. Driving over the pass we saw 2 men herding a great flock of sheep, goats, yaks, on horseback with 2 camels, one packed with their ger, coming down from the hills for winter. Was an amazing sight with the mountains and Sagsai down in the distance
Then we went down the canyon where we met Ibek for the first time on his way to the festival, the hills all different colours. Every day driving we have been listening to Davlet's Mongolian pop music, he often singing along with it, so in Ulgii we bought a USB stick and he copied the songs on. Went to black market, was looking for shot glasses like the ones Akmerel had but couldn't find any, came back to Tsamabagarav hotel and had lunch, very good, $14 for 3 of us, went to tyre shop and bought a new tyre for the jeep then spent about an hour washing clothes in the washbasin after unsuccessfully asking about a laundry, the Mongolian phrasebook not much use with Kazahks who speak different language, Jagaa called in to pay us back for the ger. At dinner we asked for the same beef dish we had had at lunch and she said no, not beef, horse! It was delicious.

Milking the yaks

Milking the yaks

Milking the yaks

Milking the yaks

Milking the yaks

Milking the yaks

Milking the yaks

Milking the yaks

The well

The well

Urdu

Urdu

Petel

Petel

Cold day in Sagsai

Cold day in Sagsai

Sagsai mosque

Sagsai mosque

Sagsai mosque

Sagsai mosque

Sagsai mosque

Sagsai mosque

Sagsai

Sagsai

Sagsai

Sagsai

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Mongolia
Keywords:Bayan-Ulgii Aimag, Bayan-Ölgii, Kazakh nomads, Kazakhs, Mongolia, Sagsai, eagle hunters, eagles, gers, horses