Mongol Road Trip Part II–Darkhan!

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After a four-hour bus ride from UB, I arrived in Darkhan and headed over to the home of a friend I’d met at Eagle Fest. The night I arrived was something of a whirlwind that involved a club (MAYBE THIS TIME I’ll…nope. Nope. Still can’t dance), being thanked for respecting Mongolian culture with my braided hair (you’re welcome?), a late night drive up a mountain to eat pretzels and drink beer (because what else are you going to do on a mountain at 1 am?), and a slightly terrifying ride semi-controlled slide down the side of said mountain.

The next day was devoted to wandering around Darkhan.
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This included the monastery,
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and the giant Buddha,
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at which Random Dude on Horse made an appearance.
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And there may or may not have been some impromptu sledding down an embankment because sledding.

That about sums up Darkhan–the next day I was off to Sükhbaatar, so stay tuned for that much longer post because I took way more pictures there.

Final thoughts:
When I was told I could come to Mongolia, I was given the option of going to either Khovd or Darkhan. I did absolutely no research and made my decision purely based on geography, but having seen Darkhan, I’m happy I chose to live in Khovd. I had a blast because the people I met were amaze-balls, but the city itself is very big and spread out, and I’m more a fan of those cities that have a higher population of cows than people.

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