A warm welcome in Ulan Bator
2006 год (Китай–Лаос–Вьетнам–Мьянма–Таиланд–Малайзия–Индонезия–Австралия–Новая Зеландия–Австралия–Япония–Корея–Россия (Владивосток)–Монголия–Россия)
The day has reached to Ulan Bator. I called our Embassy, joined with Mr. Ambassador. Acquainted. His name is Ashat. He was very glad that our biker came to Mongolia and almost across the country carried the turquoise flag of our homeland – Kazakhstan. While I was being treated to tea, just 30 minutes later, a team of television workers from Mongolia’s CT came. Give an interview. I drove around the city. After that, Mr. Ambassador provided a car for my escort, and I, without changing the traditions, went on a motorcycle to the memorial “Zaisan” to lay flowers to the fallen Soviet and Mongolian soldiers during the war. Then moved to a Buddhist monastery Gandantegchinlen, founded in 1809.
In Soviet times, the monastery was closed, renamed, and now it is the main Buddhist pride of Ulan Bator. Got acquainted with many Buddhist children, asked about their life in the temple and outside it. One of them is called Erbol. He has 4 years to serve in the temple. Fluent in the lessons of martial arts. I gave him the request of our reader Azhar Saparov from Pavlodar – that the guys taught me several techniques and photographed with me (by the way, for Azhar guys gave their autographs). They gladly showed me several techniques that I learned. Interestingly, many of the children are married, and religion does not forbid to have wives, no relation to the Buddhist belief of not having. I personally talked with one such family and made sure that it is a normal modern family. Happiness to them!
Of course, the Mongols took me out to the mount of Genghis Khan. Oh, it’s a real art! Genghis Khan’s head is painted on a huge hill, and his gaze is directed straight at the city. I also visited the main monument of Ulaanbaatar, dedicated to the hero of the Mongolian people Suhe-Bator, who declared Mongolia’s independence from China in 1921. Then a friend of Valery called me from Almaty and asked me to meet (and be sure to take a picture!) with its Institute other Mongol Sangira. It turns out, this student each – already Deputy Minister (in sight, in Irkutsk a good institution…)! Phoned. In the evening, he came to my hotel, together watched on TV my interviews (he fully translated my report, where I said that my motocross in Mongolia will contribute to the rapprochement of our peoples in the field of sports and tourism), admired the fact that we have such desperate bikers in Kazakhstan, shook hands with me and gave a souvenir. A pleasant, lasting acquaintance!
Well, in the morning I was leaving the city of Kazakhstan biker, as if the star of the TV screen was welcomed by almost all residents and motorists of Ulan Bator. I didn’t even have time to respond to greetings. Nothing like this has ever happened in any country! And I firmly know that this is the merit of our Ministry of foreign Affairs, personally Mr. Tokayev K. K. and his diplomatic staff, who lit the “green light”on my way. Thank you! On leaving the city I was caught up with a minibus with the most popular music group of Mongolia. Took pictures, exchanged business cards. They are going to come to Astana with their concerts in December.
Well, now a few words about Mongolian national cuisine. Honestly, in the capital, I did not understand their cuisine – entirely the dumplings what kind of dumplings. I was told that the city of Darkhan is divided into two districts – urban and Yurt, and in Yurt I will find exactly what I’m looking for. And then I got the Mongols, who yesterday watched me on TV. Explained to him that I want the national dish, and – Oh joy! – I almost participated in the preparation of meals. It seemed to me that everything is simple. First you cook the dough. Then pieces of marinated raw meat are put into the dough, and thus formed pieces are thrown into the cauldron for roasting in lamb fat. Edible! But without any exclusivity… But the second dish of milk foam I could not try. Because it is cooked up to 12 hours! Do not worry, the recipe will come home, try to cook.
In the end, he thanked all my Mongolian friends who tolerated my presence in the kitchen. Gave them the magazine “Kazakhstan”, although in English, but nothing – will understand. Talked to the kids. Gave them greetings from the Almaty orphanage “Zhanuya”. By the way, taking this opportunity, I would like to convey my warmest greetings to this orphanage, all the children and the teaching staff, and I want to say that I always remember about them and the flag of the orphanage, which was handed to me at the last meeting of the club bikers with children, always with me. As soon as I get back from the world, I will definitely come with friends and with sponsorship to the orphanage and tell them about my motorcycle rally. Greetings to my sponsor – Kazkommertsbank, greetings to the staff of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Kazakhstan. Hi my family – wife Natalie, sons Dima and Denis. Greetings friends and all readers!
- Category : 2006
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