It could have been worse: Our trip back to San Diego

Our luggage... Our trip back to San Diego was just about bad enough to turn me off air travel forever. In order to save a few hundred dollars, I had booked our flight with United Airlines and their partner Air China via Beijing (the best alternative, which would have taken us through Incheon, Korea, cost … Continue reading It could have been worse: Our trip back to San Diego

Kharkhorin: A visit to Mongolia’s former capital and its oldest monastery

Modern Karkhorin, with the Erdene Zuu monastery to the right I’m continuing from my last post about Elsen Tasarkhai and our ride on Bactrian camels. On Sunday, February 3, after lunch, we headed for Kharkhorin, for the next part of our trip around central Mongolia. On our way, we stopped off to clamber on some … Continue reading Kharkhorin: A visit to Mongolia’s former capital and its oldest monastery

Stainless Steel Genghis Khan and a Thirteenth Century Theme Park

(Continued from my last post.) As usual, I was up early, so I grabbed my camera for a short morning walk. The morning light was as beautiful as the late afternoon light had been, and I loved the shadows of the trees extending across the meadow on the hillside behind our ger camp. The sky … Continue reading Stainless Steel Genghis Khan and a Thirteenth Century Theme Park