Woke up at 6:45a. We ate breakfast and broke camp. We needed to be on the road by 10am to be sure we got to the airport on time.
The drive took us over passes and through valleys. For a long time there was not a road to be seen.
We arrived at the airport about 2:30p. Our flight was at 5:30p. It was the only flight for the day which meant the airport was pretty much empty. So we wait for the employees to arrive. Once they do, we weigh our luggage and carry ons to be sure we are under our allotment. We are. We also become aware of how much we stink. It’s time to board which means it’s time to say goodbye to the drivers and the translators. They will make it back to Ulaanbaatar in the vans.
We arrive in UB about 7p and head to dinner. We have a great Indian meal and then head to the hotel.
At the hotel I say goodbye to Jenn, our trip leader. I won’t see her again before I fly out. Once I get settled in my room the only thing I want to do is hear from my family. It takes a while to get connected to wifi, but once I do I send messages to everyone and then I hop on a hot shower. A hot shower is amazing!
It’s difficult to sleep, the room is hot and there is a lot of street noise. I keep checking for messages on Facebook and finally hear back from Michael and Aly. I fall asleep about 2am.