Friday, November 17

It's going to hit minus twenty five degrees in Ulaanbaatar

Mongolia. The Man has travelled one thousand and a bit miles beyond Ulaanbaatar which I guess means one thousand and a bit miles even colder. He has been looking for snow leopards and for the last two months he has remained unshowered, unshaven and layered like a Baklava in silk thermals and camel thermals and woolies and fur-lined boots all topped with a long Mongolian Man's Coat with a special-sash-that-you-have-to-wear-with-these-coats-or-it's-Bad-Luck.


Once a week there was an underwater satellite call during which I could just about grasp that he's walking really far and up lots of hills carrying really heavy things and he tells me facts like every Mongolian he has spoken to has admitted to inadvertently licking a metal thing in this fierce cold and needing help to get separated, also Goat Fat Stew is delicious and alcohol made with fermented mare's milk is 'quite nice but tastes like goat'.

The Man reckons that the walking and the weight of the kit and the weight of the clothes combined are reducing his body weight but he can't tell because in all these weeks he has never unwrapped those layers. That's two months without a shower - and I get to welcome the smelly hairy marvel home tomorrow night.

In other news
a film about ants and Sir David Attenborough will air on the BBC on 8th December Xmas -ish - look out for it if you can, I shall probably mention this again. 




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  1. Oh, Snow Leopards! Hope he got some good film after that goaty showerless suffering!

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    1. I think he has come back victorious

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  2. Oh! The adventures that Man has! Mind you, Heathrow's sniffer dogs might cause some delay when he comes through Arrivals...
    Big hug to The Man.Eventually

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    1. Will do - his fellow passengers are going to remember the ride home I think

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  3. It's always good having the smelly guys back home! ;) xoxo

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  4. I bet England feels tropical! Imagine having a shower after not having one for two months, I bet it's bliss.
    Sx

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    1. That will happen after he has been surgically removed from the lower layers

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    2. ...of thermal underclothing

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  5. Oh Hils. How glorious to find a whole host of blogposts here that I hadn't read. You are indeed a marvelous and entertaining writer. I hope layers were successfully removed & he has emerged, cleaner and just as wonderful. xxxxx. JL

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    1. Ahhh - so great to see you here xxxx

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