It was a long train ride to a beautiful part of the world. It was an early rise on the morning train arrival into Hohot to be met by our Guides for the journey. Pupils were given breakfast in a local Chinese restaurant and then taken by bus to the Grasslands.
Our first day consisted of intensive route planning, team building activities and eating local cuisine supplied by our hosts, a local farmer. We slept the night in a Yurt. The two groups set off the following morning after an enormous electrical thunderstorm which was very dramatic in the setting of the grasslands. The first day was long but interesting. The landscape was wide with a few hills, the people were friendly and smiling. At the end of day one, all the groups made it to the campsite and cooked their meal of the day. It was an early night as they were exhausted.
Day two and both groups set off at a pace. This day was walking closer to more farms and yurts. It was a chance to see some of the lifestyles of the local families. A few wrong turns were made but nothing that couldn’t be rectified after proper consultation as a team. The wind was strong today and tanned faces. The second evening was in an area near a large reservoir. Another early night after the evening meal. The moon was full and high in the sky, many stars and constellations could be seen very clearly due to the lack of light pollution.
Day three and again both teams were up and ready for the day. This was the final stretch and all groups were very positive and morale was high. We finally reached our destination – high on a hill top where there was an important traditional meeting place. There were many people, lots of sounds and colour. It was also the day for the National Horse race so there were many people taking their horses to the races. Eventually we were taken by bus back to Hohot for a shower and a meal. It was then the final overnight journey by train back to Beijing.
Thank you Mongolia, you were wonderful.
Updates from: Mr. George Godward, Mathematics Teacher