Downtime In The Gobi

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December 10, 2017
Because sometimes you just have to take time out

Ever wondered what the EL team do in Mongolia when they have a short work break? Well, here’s your answer! 

Look on the Eternal Landscapes Mongolia website and you’ll see we’re a micro business that call ourselves ‘manaikhan – which translates into – ours / our people/family.  It might sound like slick management speak but it’s not. We look for and invest in ways for the EL  manaikhan to come together in the quieter months. And here’s how the most recent downtime weekend of my EL team was spent.

Location? The middle Gobi.

Furthest distance travelled? By Baurjan – our Kazakh fixer. He’s from Ulgii – the provinical capital of Bayan Ulgii Aimag in western Mongolia. That’s approximately 1668km from Ulgii to UB and then 280km from UB to Erdenedalai. Here he is … blue fleece in the centre. Still smiling even after the most epic of road trips.

Activities? Tug of war. Wild picnics. Volleyball. Photo shoots. Lots of photo shoots.

More photo shoots …

Guests came too …

‘We really loved our stay in Erdenedalai and being able to join the whole team of EL during their end of season party. This was such a privilege to be able to be there with them!’ 

Preferred vehicle of choice? Our beloved 4×4 Russian Furgon vans of course. They took pride of place in the photo shoots. Did I mention the photo shoots?

Included meals?

Boordog (barbecued marmot), khorkhog (barbecued goat), suutei tsai (milk tea) and a lot of airag (mare’s milk). Here they are mid-song … accompanied by airag and joined by locals from the community.

And although not quite all could make it, here’s the almost complete EL manaikhan on their most recent weekend away. Recognise anyone?

Next up? That will be the EL Christmas party. What can you expect? More photo shoots. If you’re interested in keeping up with what we get up to then as well as our blog (thank you for visiting) you can always sign up to my newsletter dedicated to Mongolia on the news page of the Eternal Landscapes website. I look forward to seeing you there.

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