(Eternal Landscapes is all about Mongolia – a country that gets under your skin and into your heart. As part of the EL Blog, I have invited our clients to write their own posts about their experiences and their thoughts on this boundless land where all have experienced its magical combination of time, freedom and space. These are the words of Emer Levins describing the Mongolian steppe.)
|En-Route through Arkhangai
The steppe conjure up images of Mongolian hordes thundering through the landscape with bow and arrow in hand and the sturdy horses working as one with their riders. The days of Genghis Khan and his descendants may be over but the legend definitely lives on and the tenacity, wit and traditions remain, albeit with some modern additions.
The nomadic lifestyle is absolutely alive as well. These days if you come across a migrating nomadic family, you will not only see the traditional yak pulling a hand-made cart but also a vehicle of some description with a couple of generations and all their wordly possessions piled high. One of the more amusing sights to see is those who have satellite dishes tucked into their luggage or someone on a motorbike busy herding the livestock while on a mobile phone, signal permitting.
Previously, when I asked Emer to describe one of her favourite experiences travelling in Mongolia, she mentioned the following. I very much felt the same today on our return trip to the colourful madness of Ulaan Baatar.
‘Travelling in the van. You don’t need to worry about the time or the day. I find it the best cure for cutting myself off from my life at home. I don’t need to think about work. I don’t need to worry about the bills. I don’t have to worry about anything. I am totally carefree and can let my mind wander as the countryside goes by. There are no fences and nothing is penned in. Free landscape – free mind.’
|Freedom of the open steppe|