Mongolia ON the Map!

While talking to a friend today, I visited Google Maps, a function within Google that I used to use back when I was in US daily.  I had stopped using it in Mongolia because there really is not much to show for… But guess what I found?!

Mongolia IS on the Map!

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia map on Google
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia map on Google

I could not believe it, but I am very happy about this.  Finding places is always a pain, especially for tourists, foreigners, and Mongolians like me who don’t always know where everything is located.  The thing is… in Mongolia, people don’t use street names.  No one knows street names here.  Everyone goes by places… as in where something is located next to some place that people know.  Often, those places don’t even exist anymore, but the name remained.

In any case, the Google Maps has the names of places on the map.  How cool is that?

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Genghis Khan and Hitler – NOT the Same Thing!!

To NY Times: On August 3, 2009, you published a story about Genghis Khan’s 131-foot statue in Mongolia.  The story was written by a journalist named Dan Levin and was well written overall. The only real issue is that your journalist had the audacity to end his post with something along the lines of Genghis Khan and Hitler being the same thing!!

This is totally unacceptable.

First, Chinggis Khaan, the correct spelling for Genghis Khan, is Mongolia’s beloved hero and the founding father of our nation.  He is beloved and respected above anything else in Mongolia.  To us, he is like Abraham Lincoln, God, and Chuck Norris put together.  All jokes aside, your journalist and your post is no laughing matter.

This is how your post ended:

“Mongolian tradition respects our grand ancestors’ names,” she said. “To really honor him, it’s much better to use his name on only premium merchandise.”

Other Mongolians skew a bit more toward realpolitik in their devotion to Genghis Khan, even if they are happy to drink to his memory.

“He was a cruel man but he led our country to greatness,” said Toguldur Munkochir, 25, a bank teller unwinding at the Chinggis Khaan bar later that night. “If you look at Lincoln, Hitler and Julius Caesar, it’s kind of the same thing.”

99.99999% of Mongolians do not feel the same way as this guy “Toguldur”.  Chinggis Khaan is NOT the same thing as Hitler.

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Tim Cope – Mongolia to Hungary “In the Trail of Genghis Khan”

tim-cope-in-gobi-desert-mongolia

On Wednesday July 29, 2009, Tim Cope gave a presentation at Cafe Amsterdam in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on his horseback trekking adventure across the steppes and grasslands of Mongolia to Hungary.   Tim spoke of the challenges and issues he faced while traveling during zud (extreme cold winter) and deserts (up to 50C high) from Mongolia through Kazakhtsan, Russia, and Ukraine on the way to Hungary following in the footsteps of Chinggis Khaan, the correct spelling of Genghis Khan.

Here are some highlights of interesting notes and things of which he spoke.

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