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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 17th October

I have passed through Russia and Mongolia in a state of constant hunger. I have passed through Russia with little help from locals, little food on the plate and difficulty in finding decent fresh fruit on the shelves. Mongolia was surprisingly easier, but monotonous. So I wondered if those 2 months of stomach unrest would have helped me get to my fighting fit weight.

I was wondering about all of this when I walked by this guy, what an entrepreneur this guy is don’t you think?


What a great idea. He had a set of digital scales for public use, and all for the princely sum of 100 Mongolian Tugriks (that’s 5 pence). For that price I might even come back tomorrow. Maybe I’ll get myself on Dragons Den with this idea, ask Duncan what he thinks. “Nevermind Duncan for now I thought”, I stood on the scales.


82.4Kgs, and that’s assuming the accuracy of those scales. Having lost nearly 3 kilos I was ready for a feast, but then remembering I was in Mongolia, I'm really going to have to save the feast for later, much later, I don’t think China will help much…….

are you tempted by the sheep intestines
boiling stomach of sheep,perhaps?
Live Scorpion???
Sheep Penis?
Testicles anybody?
Mind you, I tried the Fried Silk worm….. and that’s all I wish to say about that.

Article By David Beattie of Rounton Coffee

Posted by beatski 18:14 Archived in Mongolia Tagged food sheep penis scorpion hunger intestines Comments (0)

Monglian Toilet Business

sunny 16 °C

Mongolia – Friday 14th October

Shit Houses

You thought the toilets at Glastonbury were bad? Well I have news for you Glastonbury goers. I have been to Glastonbury and I have managed to survive the stench bog pits in which the crusties make contemporary art exhibitions out of their own ecosystem waste-streams. The only thing that keeps you going when you’re in Glastonbury is knowing that this state of being is temporary. You know that come Monday, although you’ll not feel too good, too much apple cider and too little sleep, you know that once you get your car pulled out of the mud by a tractor, after the 10 hour wait to get out of the car park, followed by the 7 hour ride back home, you know that you can take a nice shower and use a nice toilet. This nice toilet of yours has running water and you don’t have to hold your breath, just imagine it. You can just sit back and procrastinate, maybe read last year’s April addition of Hello Magazine. That lavender potpourri, the ambient lighting, why not even have a little power nap?

Well, welcome to Mongolia people, and may I please introduce you to the Nomadic Mongolian Toilet.


These hygienic shit houses are found typically about 300 meters away from a nomadic family Ger camp, but you can also find them inside Monasteries or just outside of fast food outlets . If you ned the toilet just follow your nose, you wont be too far away from one. They are as basic as they come, a bloody big hole dug in the ground with some coarse boarding to protect what little pride you might have left. If you can’t find one of these then your out of luck. Mongolia is vast, really vast, and in some places it is really flat with not even a tumble weed to protect your vanity. You have to learn to go ‘au-natural’ pretty quickly in Mongolia.

Could you imagine what it would be like to have to use these family clap traps in -30 degree temperatures? How would Gerard Depardieu do it? I'm with Frenchy. Either way, it’s going to take a lot to convince me that there aren’t better ways to drop the kids off in the dead of night.

Bring out the good old bed pan.


Article By David Beattie of Rounton Coffee

Posted by beatski 19:40 Archived in Mongolia Tagged bed mongolia toilets pan Comments (1)

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