Traveling in Mongolia has its particular challenges. First and foremost, you need a good care, a vehicle which can master potholes, uneven roadsides, gravel and other earthen ground and so on.
In short 4WD and SUV models are preferable transportation means.
It is also an advantage if you have a few more horsepower then needed in the city to overtake slower traffic, to avoid a collision with a cow, horse or other farm animal and/or an oncoming bus or truck.
In short, we did have such a vehicle.
I like the Mongolian custom to stop from time to time at specific locations to pray and rest. Usually one walks around a kind of stupa made from stones and decorated with colourful flags and banners.
If you want to, you can also add a stone here and there.
Usually one walks around the stupa three times, clockwise. One prays for a safe journey and a good arrival at the final destination.
No better occasion for a re-invigorating drink, isn’t it?
Thanks to our Mongolian hosts, we did exactly this. But instead of vodka, we opened a bottle of red wine.
I loved the special wine box with opener and other wine paraphernalia.
Note, that the driver should only partake in the drink sharing at a symbolic level.
Thanks folks for making our trip to the grasslands such a memorable event.