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Mongolia Emerges as a Tourist Location
I couldn't help thinking of this special as I read this article in Conde Nast Traveler, which talks about the future of Mongolia, now that it is no longer a ward of the Soviet Union. Author Jim Robbins tells of his travels in the wild country, in which traveling "requires a Zenlike patience." And yet, his words are equally mesmerizing:
It is a strange and strangely beautiful place, at once oddly familiar and utterly foreign. On the one hand, it looks strikingly like the nineteenth-century American West, inhabited by a race of horse-riding nomads who look and live very much as Native Americans once did. Yet the round tents, diminutive horses, exotic attire, and trees straight out of Dr. Seuss lend it an otherworldly air.
Definitely worth a read.