Erdenedalay, Mongolia | 7 July, 2006 | $3.33 USD
The last night in The Gobi Desert and a really nice family to stay with. The owner’s children were running around play fighting among the rusted out remains of old cars surrounding the ger. She even found a toilet seat and constructed a “Western-style” toilet in the outhouse. It didn’t flush, of course, but its the little gestures that make a difference when you travel. The owner was quite an independent woman and smart too?she made most of the girls try on her old deels to see if they would buy them.
Don’t miss the traditional painted beds, intricately painted ceiling poles and beautifully-embroidered fabric covering the hole in the ceiling. Fun fact about gers: you should only walk around them clockwise (like a Buddhist or Hindu temples). These are the type of customs that I learn while traveling and forget that most people don’t know.