The Spirit of Buryatia

The Spirit of Buryatia

“Is this your machine?” asks a young policeman, showing a picture of our ambulance on his phone. “Ours”, we answer completely stupefied, “What happened?” “Wrongly parked”, answers the young man and leads us to the ‘crime scene’, where he transfers us to someone of a much higher rank. A dark uniform with flaps full of […]

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Under the dressing of the golden steppe

Under the dressing of the golden steppe

A loud noise wakes us up. Someone bangs mercilessly in the rear door of our camper. Andrzej grabs pepper spray. Terrified, I carefully look outside. It is as bright as during the day. The car bathed in a silvery light of the moon casts a long shadow. In its darkness, there is a contour of […]

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Chapter 6 – Karakorum, Mongolia

Chapter 6 – Karakorum, Mongolia

We are waiting in the queue for tickets to the Buddhist temple of Erdene Zuu. Among the number of locals, we are one of the few foreigners. It automatically makes us the subject of semi-camouflaged glancing, pointing fingers and whispers ended with giggles. Suddenly, one of the co-queuers gathers up all his courage and tries […]

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The Two Temples of Posolskoye

The Two Temples of Posolskoye

On a hill covered by a green carpet of grassland, stand white walls of the Orthodox cathedral. Metallic sounds of a melody played by the bells escape from the blue, onion-shaped domes and hang over the large mirror of water. To this accompaniment, appear long-lashed meadow models – cows from the nearby pastures. One after […]

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Chapter 5 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Chapter 5 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Russia-Mongolia border crossing. In the chaos, a mass of bodies waves their passports feverishly and presses us to a customs counter. After a fight for our lives, we get visa stamps and return to the car. Here, a very serious-looking custom officer awaits us. With a white-gloved hand armed with a mirror on a long […]

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