Fly to: Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia
Internal Transfer: Ulaan Bataar - Olgii (3hrs 30mins)
Ex-Soviet 4x4 Jeeps 9hrs driving without roads across the steppe to Potaniin Glacier, Altai Mountains
Visa required: Yes if British
Time Zone:+8hrs GMT
Day 14, 02/08/09: Mongolia - Altai Mountains
Today was spent hitting the dizzy heights of down town U.B the shops were a beckoning us! As per usual i was swooning over the Mongolian art purchasing a number of oil paintings; as well as a rather nice ink painting portraying a series of Mongolian warriors; for Ian we brought a fox hat...purely as a reminder for all the times he had said, 'Olgii...wear the fox hat?!'
We stopped off at a Mongolian grill for lunch; the showcase of them cooking the food was awesome!! The guy was flying food all round the place; from here we headed to the Winter Palace, an oriental style building housing numerous tibetan style thangkas.
Due to the fact Graham (the guy responsible for the stove mishap) was buying dinner tonight we decided to head out for a plush Indian; by this stage Martin had safely rejoined the team and we preceded to order 'everything' on the menu! (arrr who needs stoves?!) Just as we began devouring the feast that was laid before us we heard an almighty crash; the building shook and a wind pressure of dust blew into all the windows. Everyone lept to their feet; people were frantically rushing to the windows to secure them; everyone nervously peering out. The Indian restaurant was on the 9th floor and turns out the rather large, derelict building next door had literally collapsed - it was mental! So much so that we all had genuinely thought it was a bomb explosion.