Ulaanbaatar: cashmere, concert + disco
Monday 4th July
We go away early, and with good roads and one stop for lunch on a hillside, we were back in Ulaanbaatar in good time. But before going to our hotel we stopped in the cashmere factory outlet "Goyo", where we spent a couple of hours while everyone bought clothes as presents.
Peter and I checked into our hotel, put a big load of clothing in to a nearby laundry and went to visit the National History museum. Most of the others went shopping again, since they were flying out the next day — in one case at 4am! — and this would be their last chance.
After we got back to the hotel, half a dozen of us ventured to the disco next door. The dance floor had a few Mongolian girls swaying gently in their precarious high heels, but Patti and Justin and Jaime and Eve and Sussanah livened things up when they joined in. I did my sixty seconds — this was my first visit to a disco ever, anywhere — but spent the rest of the time experimenting with photography under multi-colored strobes, with and without flash. I went to bed before 1am, but some of the others kept going much longer.
Tuesday 5th July
The hotel had no running water in the morning. We had breakfast with what remained of the group, then said our goodbyes and headed off (leaving our luggage temporarily in storage).