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Another Unusual Toilet

I know this article may not sound interesting to others but this is still part of my travel experience in Mongolia so I thought I should still post it.  

This is related to my previous post.. largest toilets in the world  . Some of you might be wondering how I did on our way back to Ulaanbaatar. Well, having experienced such a huge embarrassment and difficulties, I should say I’ve learned my lessons.  I had a proper breakfast before  we left Three Camel Lodge knowing that it was going to be a very long drive again. I made a several trips to the toilet before leaving as I didn’t want to be embarrassed [that much] again. In almost 14hrs of travel I only had an apple, an orange, a handful of several kinds of nuts and about 500ml of water.  I intentionally lessen my water intake and it was very difficult for me as I normally drink lots of water.  Our first stop was in a small [ghost] town. It only had a few box-like buildings, there were also a few kids  selling crystals and other souvenirs to tourists. There was a small cafe where our driver had his breakfast but  X and I didn’t bother to try the food. I was a little glad to find a place like just a few hours after leaving the camp so I went inside to buy 2 cans of coke, actually my main purpose was to use the toilet. So I told the driver that I wanted to go to the toilet and if he could possibly ask where the toilet is. To my disappointment again, he said that it was just outside the building. I was like, “outside? in this area?”  With all the disappointment on my face, I went out and looked around. I saw a fenced area on my left and the gate was open so I told X to go with me. It occurred to me then that at least the public wont see but I still couldn’t believe it so I decided that I will just use the one I had before, another very large toilet all to myself. Just when we were about to go back to the car, I spotted this thing.  

another one

Out of curiosity, I came closer and tried to figure out what it was. I told myself this couldn’t be the toilet but as I was getting closer, the evidence was getting stronger.  And yes, it was a toilet.  For all of you who have seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire, you’ve got an idea now what it was like inside. I’ve perfectly learned my lessons now.. Dont drink too much water while on the [extremely remote] road.

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Lost in Gobi desert

July 2008… I will never forget that Mongolian holiday that my boyfriend Richard and I had for his birthday. I flew from Manila  to Seoul Korea at 12mn then got stuck at Seoul  airport for 12 hrs waiting for Richard and for our connecting flight to Ulaanbaatar. Ulaanbaatar was in the state of emergency that time so it made our trip more exciting.   
We stayed in UB for 2 days then headed to  the mighty Gobi desert.  Flights to Dalanzadgad were fully booked as it was  Naadam festival. We tried booking the flights 2 weeks before the trip but there was no luck so we opted for an overland trip from UB to Gobi on a 4×4, just us and the driver. I guess the 14 hr overland travel  and getting lost in Gobi desert (about 10 times) is not the usual holiday experience you hear everyday. The worst part was spending the night with complete strangers in a tent in the middle of nowhere on a windy night with the sound of crying goats and camels, desert sand on my face, and waking up the following morning with rashes all over my body. We had to spend the night with a mongolian family in their tent as we couldnt find the way to our camp and it was 11pm, in the middle of the desert without any sign of a single road, no spare tires and with a driver who’s a complete idiot. The following day was still another adventure as the driver still couldnt find the way to the camp and it took us nearly 4 hours to get there. We were like running in circles in the middle of Gobi, GPS was not useful as there were no proper roads, before you know it, you’re already on the opposite direction. We just forced ourselves to be a little more patient and enjoy the scenery instead until we got to the camp, the Three Camel Lodge, the most luxurious accommodation in Gobi desert that time.
flat tire in the middle of nowhere with a beautiful sunset

 

the place where we stayed for the night

 

I wish I could see that family again so I could thank them properly for the hospitality they showed us. They even offered us boiled goat’s milk and mongolian tea, we tried to sip a bit as we didnt want them to feel offended. I was really amazed by their nomadic life. Small ger in the middle of the desert, a small solar panel just enough to power a small tv and 2 light bulbs, simple food that (mostly dried goat’s meat). Never had the chance to take some photos with them especially with the children as I was not feeling well that morning and all I wanted was to get to the camp to get some rest, a nice shower and of course hot meal. Whenever I look at the photos, I cant help but smile.. my one great adventure that I’m sure most people havent had before.
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