The Last Grains Of Sand

Jul 26, 2013 by

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Like the last grains of sand in an hourglass, this adventure is quickly slipping away from me, from reality into the realm of sweet memory. I returned to Ulaanbaatar yesterday from 5 nights of sleeping in gers with no running water and very little or no electricity, of using squatting toilets in outhouses, some even without doors, of eating Mongolian grub, of riding horses in Terelj and camels in the Gobi. I was tired, dirty, sun burnt and damn well satisfied. It was a great journey and an epic escape. I will never forget this time in Mongolia.

Those are all the words I have for you right now. Tomorrow, I fly to Hong Kong: a new city, a new country, a new flavour, a new story. For now, I leave you with this video… of camels and deserts and sand… and my uncontrollable giggles. From what? A camel hump.


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  1. Natalie

    Ah! This looks amazing! That camel hump is too much. Cannot wait to hear all about your entire trip in person. Have the best time in Hong Kong, then Vancouver. Big hugs!!

  2. Zhu

    You have a good eye for unique perspectives in your pictures!


    HAHAHAA. “His hump is really weird”! I laughed out loud by myself when you did that.

  4. I couldn’t stop giggling at the camel riding either! So weird and awesome.

    • Colleen

      RIGHT!!! You have to get on a camel and try for yourself. That hump wiggling was the last thing I expected!

  5. Well done Colleen! I’m so excited for you and appreciate the tour of a place I’ve not yet been.

    • Colleen

      It was my pleasure. There is so much more to come… just have to figure out all this irritating glitchiness of my blog right now. 🙁

  6. That hump looked like Beaker from the muppets. Very strange!

  7. Wow, a unique and fantastic tour! all pictures and video presenting yours real trip.
    thanks for sharing your experience.

  8. Hi, Calleen! such spectacular camel safari tour. love it.
    each shot looking nice.

    • Colleen

      This was the first camel I rode! It was definitely a highlight… very memorable!

  9. Incredible tour, Calleen! it’s a comical experience for the lifetime.
    thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Looks like an absolutely incredible trip! Mongolia was never really somewhere that struck me as a “must visit” type of place, but it really looks like it has some incredible things to see and do. Thanks for sharing your awesome experiences.

    • Colleen

      Mongolia is a wonderful country full of amazingly kind people. I recommend it 100%. Hopefully you can make it there one day…


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