For most people, the mention of Mongolia conjures up images of Genghis Khan and his wild hordes terrorizing people from China to Hungary in the 13th century, but what is the modern day reality of this land of three million people wedged between Russia and China? Who are the Mongols of today and what is their remote country with its mythical steppes like?
This past August, an American couple spent three weeks in Mongolia, traveling from the vast and empty eastern grasslands, to the western Altai Mountains inhabited by Kazakhs, to the Gobi in the south, to discover the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky and its people. They traveled with two experts in the east, and with a champion golden eagle hunter in the west. They slept in gers (yurts) with herders, shared their meals, learned about hunting with a golden eagle, and more. Their talk and photographs will make the fascinating history and culture of Mongolia come alive.
About the Instructors: Russell and Lynn Kelley, who have lived in Asia and travelled widely there, now split their time between France and the United States, where Russell practices law and Lynn has a business in Indian textiles.
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