Category Archives: Mongolia

Culture

It seems Mongolia invented the shoulder shimmy. As I sit watching a Mongolian culture show, I’m enthralled by the colourful outfits and the unique dancing – men running across the stage with moves like the dying swan then breaking into a river dance, dressed like something out of ‘The Sound of Music.’ Folk dancing that… Continue Reading…

Turkish VIP

Sitting in the VIP room of the best Turkish restaurant in Ulaanbatar, we’re surrounded by video cameras, each focusing in on the face on the Turkish Ambassador. The staff are patiently waiting for his cue. Plates of shiny apples, grapes and oranges line the table. I wasn’t aware Mongolia had so much fruit. ‘It’s imported… Continue Reading…

Next Top Model

Am I actually in Mongolia or some fashion conscious street in New York? I have never felt so scruffy, next to tons of would be contestants for Mongolia’s next top model. A little black dress in a phone shop at lunchtime? why not. Now, where’s the nearest dress shop?    

Mongolia has the X Factor!!!

So it seems Simon Cowell really does have his finger in every pie: There’s a Mongolia X Factor where contestants sing in practically every language except their own – English, French, Korean, German, or Japanese. Forget Britain’s Got Talent think: Mongolian Talent People, with the lucky winner walking off with £15,000 prize money. And the… Continue Reading…