Comments for The Mongolian Experiment an experiment in crowdsourcing and journalism Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:44:14 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Blogging Hiatus Over by Sonia Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:44:14 +0000 I would to hire you for my site…send me an email offline and lets chat if you have time and if your taking on any new assignments.

Comment on Blogging Hiatus Over by admin Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:38:46 +0000 I didn’t just upload the background, I did editing to the rest of the theme as well. I’m a freelance web designer (and in fact am working on a redesign of this site) and did the work offline through MAMP and then just shifted it from my personal server to my hosted server here. I don’t like to zip the files as it tends to cause problems, and instead I just move stuff wholesale using an FTP client (I prefer Transmit).

Comment on Blogging Hiatus Over by Sonia Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:34:03 +0000 I loved how you created the background. I am in the process of creating a blog and there are so many out there that have issues. Can I ask, when you uploaded it, did you have problems, or did you have to unzip it? Again, great job!

Comment on Blogging Hiatus Over by admin Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:13:07 +0000 I did. Or rather, I heavily modified the Arthemia wordpress theme.

Comment on Blogging Hiatus Over by Sonia Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:07:04 +0000 who designed your website? Its awesome..

Comment on FAQ Answers: How will you be getting around? by admin Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:19:02 +0000 Yep, I’ve been following along with his stuff for a few months now and will be contacting him shortly for advice. Since launching this site I’ve been rather inundated with emails from folks offering advice, which is, ironically, why I haven’t posted in awhile!

Thanks for the link, and if you’re ever up in Alexandria, let me know. I’d love to grab coffee with someone who won’t roll their eyes when I mention Mongolia.

Comment on FAQ Answers: How will you be getting around? by Nancy Miller Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:06:25 +0000 I live in Richmond, VA. I have family, including a niece about your age, in Alexandria. I have been following Don Croner’s blog since March 2010 when I found it in a search for “Circassian hair.” Please look up his blogs and read, read, read. He has been trekking around Mongolia for years and writes about his trips. He loves his camels and is immersed in Mongolian culture in UB and FAR BEYOND. Do find me on Facebook, I’d like to keep up with your and your motoring boyfriend. Somehow this like pieces of my past, present and future coming together. Motorcycles, adventure, and Mongolia – none of my friends understand my fascination with Mongolia, they see it like Nebraska but colder and farther away.
Good luck to you in all your ambitions! Cheers, Nancy

Comment on A Little About Mongolian Horses by Angelique Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:04:20 +0000 “Mongolian equitation focuses on having a horse that is capable of judging what is best for a given situation while the rider is busy with other tasks.”

You have just described a cutting and roping horse, particular one on a working ranch. If you’re in the US right now, find a Western (as in, American western) stock horse or sport horse trainer and take lessons on their school horses.

To know what it’s like to ride a Mongolian horse: see if you can find a Norwegian Fjord to ride. Fjords are one of the oldest breeds in the world, very closely related to their cousins in Asia. They are the same height and have almost the same confirmation as Mongolian horses.

Comment on Calling All Air Travel Ninjas! by Susan Fox Sun, 10 Oct 2010 13:46:17 +0000 I use Air Bridge, the same agency the scientists I work with use. They are a Mongol-owned business with an office in Denver. Here’s the url:

Call them on the phone. The staff speaks good English.

Mongolia is not even remotely “the middle of nowhere” in terms of air travel, believe me. Compared to Central Asia and most of Africa, it’s trivial to get there. There are direct flights in most days from Moscow, Frankfurt, Beijing, Seoul.

If you are starting from D.C. then you would probably be routed through Moscow. So…D.C.-Moscow, Moscow-UB.

For me, starting from the West Coast, San Francisco to Seoul is 10-12 hours depending on which direction I am flying. Faster coming east with the jet stream on our tail. Seoul to Ulaanbaatar is less than 3 hours.

Korean Air flies in and out at night to cut the chances of delays due to wind and bad weather in UB, but their flights cost more.

DON’T go through Beijing, even though the flight itself is cheaper. As an American, you will require a double-entry visa (around $300 three years ago) and probably a hotel room for an overnight stay, plus cab fare to and from the airport since, at least the last time I went that way, one couldn’t fly on through to UB the same day.

Seoul is the best way to go if you don’t have a direct flight via Frankfurt or Moscow. I think you will have to suck it up and plan on paying $1800-$2400. But it depends also on when you go. Flights seem to fill up faster and cost more during the short summer tourist season and early July, just before Naadam is the busiest time.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Comment on A Little About Mongolian Horses by Susan Fox Sun, 10 Oct 2010 12:53:17 +0000 I’ve been to Mongolia five times and have just found your blog via a Mongol Facebook friend.

Great post!

One factual correction. The domestic Mongol horse is not descended from the takhi. My research (painting them is one of my specialties as an artist) indicates that they diverged into two lines around 500,000 years ago. They have different chromosome counts, but can still breed and produce fertile offspring, so the process of specieation is not yet complete.

If you are interested, I blog about Mongolia every Monday at