// text and photography by Marjolein den Hartog


Mongolian Hospitality

On our recent travels through Mongolia, we spent a day with a nomad family who live on the vast plains of Hustai National Park. Grandmother was an especially sweet and hospitable lady who welcomed us into her ger (a portable, round tent, also occasionally known as a yurt) after we ‘helped' her and her daughter to milk their cows (rather unsuccessfully, I must admit…). Despite the lack of verbal communication, she must have liked us enough to offer us a large part of her stock of homemade aaruul (dried curd), made from the cows’ milk. It had only just finished drying in the sun up on the ger roof.