PANAM-SUR 2012
The North
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Welcome to Mongolia- easy and relaxed border crossing

Welcome to Mongolia- easy and relaxed border crossing
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The little border town Altanbulag

The little border town Altanbulag
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Looking for a good spot for our first night

Looking for a good spot for our first night
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Early morning views along the road

Early morning views along the road
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2.8 million people, half of the population lives in the capital UB

2.8 million people, half of the population lives in the capital UB
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With 1.8 people per sqkm the lowest population density of any independent country

With 1.8 people per sqkm the lowest population density of any independent country
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My personal greeter

My personal greeter
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Not much traffic and the roads are still in good shape

Not much traffic and the roads are still in good shape
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Our first glimse of Mongolian gers (yurts)

Our first glimse of Mongolian gers (yurts)
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Camels!

Camels!
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The outskirts of Darkhan

The outskirts of Darkhan
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Second largest city in Mongolia

Second largest city in Mongolia
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Spent a great day with Klaus who showed us around...

Spent a great day with Klaus who showed us around...
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...and shared lots of information.Thanks so much, that was fun!!!!

...and shared lots of information.Thanks so much, that was fun!!!!
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Ancient power plant, still running great

Ancient power plant, still running great
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Darkhan is the second largest industrial center in MOngolia

Darkhan is the second largest industrial center in MOngolia
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Leaving the city again

Leaving the city again
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Just 1% in Mongolia is farmable land

Just 1% in Mongolia is farmable land
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Almost artistic!

Almost artistic!
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The Orkhon Gol

The Orkhon Gol
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The backroad to the Amarbayasgalant Monastry

The backroad to the Amarbayasgalant Monastry
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Great views along the road

Great views along the road
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Quite a few river crossings

Quite a few river crossings
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Leave a rock, go around the stupa 3 times clockwise praying...

Leave a rock, go around the stupa 3 times clockwise praying...
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...and you might be cured

...and you might be cured
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Livestock is almost 20 times more than the country's population

Livestock is almost 20 times more than the country's population
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There are an estimated 42 million sheep, goats, horses, camels, cows and yaks...in Mongolia

There are an estimated 42 million sheep, goats, horses, camels, cows and yaks...in Mongolia
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Now we really had to ask for directions....

Now we really had to ask for directions....
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Arriving at the Amarbayasgalant Monastry

Arriving at the Amarbayasgalant Monastry
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After Erdene Zuu the most important monastry, built between 1727 and 1737

After Erdene Zuu the most important monastry, built between 1727 and 1737
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The protecting spirits at the entrance

The protecting spirits at the entrance
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Mostly destroyed in the 1930's by the communists

Mostly destroyed in the 1930's by the communists
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Now nominated for the Unesco World Heritage site

Now nominated for the Unesco World Heritage site
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A 3 day summer solstice celebration just started when we arrived

A 3 day summer solstice celebration just started when we arrived
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The main temple

The main temple
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Visitors are arriving

Visitors are arriving
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The rebirthing stupa

The rebirthing stupa
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People are still arriving

People are still arriving
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The late night bus

The late night bus
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We are leaving after two days of celebrating, turning prayer wheels, climbing the sacred hills and monuments

We are leaving after two days of celebrating, turning prayer wheels, climbing the sacred hills and monuments
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More sacred places along the road that leads to the capital

More sacred places along the road that leads to the capital
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The outskirts of Ulaanbaatar (called UB by everybody)

The outskirts of Ulaanbaatar (called UB by everybody)
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And here we are in the big city, where half of the Mongolian population lives

And here we are in the big city, where half of the Mongolian population lives